Sustainable Malmö Malmö has changed from a grey industrial city with deserted streets and squares to an exciting city of the future, where anything can happen – and does. Let sustainability guide Catarina Rolfsdotter-Jansson take you on a tour of one of the world’s greenest cities, a city with several prestigious prizes for its work on sustainable development: Let’s start with a little history. In the late 1980s, Malmö was a typical industrial city. But when Kockums shipyard closed and thousands of workers were laid off in 1986, the people running the city realised that an era had ended and it was time for a new one.
Stockholm and Malmö at the forefront of sustainable urban development according to a new UN study - Stockholm University Thomas Elmqvist at Stockholm Resilience Centre, Scientific Editor of the report. The assessment, entitled Cities and Biodiversity Outlook and edited by Professor Thomas Elmqvist at Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University, draws on contributions from more than 120 scientists worldwide. It highlights a wide range of successful examples of sustainable urban development, initiated by cities, local governments and sub-national governments in both developed and developing countries. From wasteland to recycling waste: Malmo's eco district A defunct shipyard in the city of Malmo, Sweden, has been transformed into a green, sustainable districtThe Bo01 project created a residence where 100 percent of energy comes from renewable sourcesFood waste is converted into biogas for use in local busesThe project didn't meet all goals but has set an example now used in eco-projects in other parts of the world Editor's note: Future Cities offers an inside look at the rapid evolution of urban spaces, exploring new ideas, new technologies and new design concepts that might impact urban life throughout the world. (CNN) -- Sun, wind and water now rule an area that was once polluted and derelict. In the Swedish city of Malmo, an old shipyard has been converted from industrial wasteland to spotless eco-district, setting a world class example for sustainable living. The area started becoming commercially defunct in the late 80s.
Malmö – the sustainability project in the city of the future - Crossing Borders On April 1st 2014, a small group of international students set themselves on the path of discovering the true meaning of urban sustainable development and lifestyle. This was a true quest requiring courage and comprehension skills, which the students have been acquiring for months before the enlightenment journey. After months of searching, they came across the infamous city of Malmö – the third largest city in Sweden.
Malmö's path towards a sustainable future Health, welfare and justice - IHE Commission for a socially sustainable Malmö_Final report Report abstract The gap between those groups in society that have the best health and those with the worst has increased significantly in recent decades. High-Tech Sensors Help Old Port City Leap Into Smart Future : Parallels The Spanish city of Santander is using a network of sensors to help improve services and save money. Incidents reported to Santander's command-and-control center, where the city manages data from sensors and smartphone reports made by citizens, are plotted on a map of the city. Courtesy of the University of Cantabria hide caption itoggle caption Courtesy of the University of Cantabria The Spanish city of Santander is using a network of sensors to help improve services and save money.
Developing smart cities: In the Spanish city of Santander, the walls will have ears Urban noise can be quite a nuisance, but it can also provide a lot of valuable information about the city’s needs. A first of its kind project in the city of Santander will check if this data can actually be used to improve the lives of citizens and develop a better, smarter city. “The EAR-IT project is an EU FP7 co-funded project working over a two-years period (Oct’2012-Sep’2014) on the exiting challenges of using acoustic sensing in smart cities and smart building. With innovation and research in this area, the project will experiment in the city of Santander (Spain) and for intelligent building in Geneva, applications improving security, energy saving, traffic management and more. The project idea will conduct a large-scale ‘real-life’ experimentation of intelligent acoustics for supporting high social value applications fostering innovation and sustainability”, the project’s website reads. Basically, they want to record sounds and see how this data can benefit residents.
Pocket park Pocket parks can be urban, suburban or rural, and can be on public or private land. Although they are too small for physical activities, pocket parks provide greenery, a place to sit outdoors, and sometimes a children's playground. They may be created around a monument, historic marker or art project. In highly urbanized areas, particularly downtowns where land is very expensive, pocket parks are the only option for creating new public spaces without large-scale redevelopment. In inner-city areas, pocket parks are often part of urban regeneration plans and provide areas where wildlife such as birds can establish a foothold. Unlike larger parks, pocket parks are sometimes designed to be fenced and locked when not in use.
Urban renewal Melbourne Docklands urban renewal project, a transformation of a large disused docks into a new residential and commercial precinct for 25,000 people Urban renewal involves the relocation of businesses, the demolition of structures, the relocation of people, and the use of eminent domain (government purchase of property for public purpose) as a legal instrument to take private property for city-initiated development projects. This process is also carried out in rural areas, referred to as village renewal, though may not be exactly the same in practice.
Core Cities Group The Core Cities Group is a self-selected and self-financed collaborative advocacy group of large regional cities in England and outside Greater London. The group was formed in 1995 as a partnership of eight city councils: Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, and Sheffield. The Core Cities Group has wide ranging interests, encompassing transport and connectivity, innovation and business support, skills and employment, sustainable communities, culture and creative industries, climate change, finance and industry, and governance. During 2012 the first wave of 'city deals' recognised the eight cities as "the largest and most economically important English cities outside of London".
Green ban Background Green bans were first conducted in Australia in the 1970s by the New South Wales Builders Labourers Federation (BLF). Green bans were never instigated unilaterally by the BLF, all green bans were at the request of, and in support of, residents' groups. The first green ban was put in place to protect Kelly's Bush, the last remaining undeveloped bushland in the Sydney suburb of Hunters Hill. A group of local women who had already appealed to the local council, mayor, and the Premier of New South Wales, approached the BLF for help.