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Innovation for Sustainability: Toward a Sustainable Urban Future in Industrialized Cities

Sustainability Science (2012) 7 (Supplement 1): 91–100. DOI 10.1007/s11625-011-0152-2

10 Pages Posted: 2 Apr 2012 Last revised: 17 Jul 2014

Claudio Cecchi

Research Centre on European, International and Development Studies - Eurosapienza; University of Rome I - Department of Economics and Law

Kazuhiko Takeuchi

United Nations - United Nations University (UNU)

Zhang Jian Feng

Xi’an University of Technology

Kensuke Fukushi

University of Tokyo

Date Written: January 18, 2012

Abstract

Achieving a sustainable urban future has become an important focus globally. In this paper, three major themes of a sustainable urban future are presented: a low carbon society, cities in the context of an ageing population and revitalization of the urban–rural fringe. Visions of these themes, in the context of highly industrialized regions, are discussed. To achieve a low carbon society, the importance of technological innovations such as new technologies and systems applied in buildings (homes and businesses), industries, and transportation are emphasized. To adapt to an ageing society, a compact city is seen with responsive transport, infrastructure and services that cater to the needs of the elderly. To enhance the urban–rural fringe, the introduction of eco-industries, which can create opportunities for both sides, is proposed.

Keywords: Sustainabilty Science, Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation, Environment and Development, Environment and Trade

JEL Classification: B40, N50

Suggested Citation

Cecchi, Claudio and Takeuchi, Kazuhiko and Feng, Zhang Jian and Fukushi, Kensuke, Innovation for Sustainability: Toward a Sustainable Urban Future in Industrialized Cities (January 18, 2012). Sustainability Science (2012) 7 (Supplement 1): 91–100. DOI 10.1007/s11625-011-0152-2. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2031532

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Kazuhiko Takeuchi

United Nations - United Nations University (UNU) ( email )

Tokyo, 150-8925
Japan

Zhang Jian Feng

Xi’an University of Technology ( email )

1200 Mailbox, 58 Yanxiang Road
Xi'an, Shaanxi 710054
China

Kensuke Fukushi

University of Tokyo ( email )

Yayoi 1-1-1
Bunkyo-ku
Tokyo, 113-8657
Japan

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