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In the European Union about 80 % of the population lives in cities and towns and the urban areas are therefore the places where the problems of the environment touch most the quality of life of citizens.

The report identifies the challenge of urban sustainability to : "solve both the problems experienced within cities and the problems caused by cities, recognising that cities themselves provide many potential solutions. City managers must seek to meet the social and economic needs of urban residents while respecting local, regional and global natural systems, solving problems locally where possible, rather than shifting them to other spatial locations or passing them on to the future".

"> The world is rapidly urbanising. It is estimated that, within a generation, the majority of the developing world's population will live in urban areas. This means that the existing urban population of the world - which is currently approximately 2.5 billion - will double within a generation. At the same time, political and fiscal decentralisation is underway in all regions, with the result that, as cities are growing in size, they are also gaining more and more political and economic influence."> The paper distinguishes between cities experiencing high rates of growth and those growing more slowly and argues that 1) widely-held North American assumptions to the contrary, slow growth is not a pathology; and 2) since we do tend to view it as a pathology, we fail to plan for it, and, instead follow policies more appropriate to rapidly-growing centres."> One of the aims of spatial planning is to achieve compact and multifunctional city structures as part of an effort to limit urban sprawl and slow the steady increase in demand for transport. To be effective new tools for urban development and land-use planning are needed which go beyond traditional planning regulations. These could include encouraging professional stakeholders to broaden their development portfolios and influencing choices through information campaigns aimed at potential house buyers. "> The purpose of this paper is to explore the research theme "cities as arenas of accelerated social transformations" and to circumscribe the niche and the role of MOST in the urban landscape where numerous institutions are acting. "> The Club of Amsterdam organised a conference about urban development on February 17th, 2003. The main topic was the role of the Netherlands in Europe. This report will give you a brief summary of the topics and the discussion between the panel and the participants of The Club of Amsterdam. "> The European Common Indicators is a monitoring initiative focused on sustainability at the local level. A partnership of different organisations and levels are working together, in a joint effort to find comparable data and a better understanding of sustainability in local communities across Europe. Ten common local sustainability indicators were identified through a bottom-up process - these are now being tested. Used in combination with other indicators and other evaluation methods, the European Common Indicators can contribute to a comprehensive local or regional monitoring strategy.
The Sustainable Cities Project
Urban Development - The New Development Frontier
Slow Growth and Urban Development Policy
New approaches to land-use planning: transport policy and sustainable urban development
Managing Social Transformations in Cities
One big city?
European Common Indicators

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