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Culturizing Sustainable Cities

Call for Examples Potential Case Studies

How can artistic/cultural practices be embedded within the planning and development of more sustainable cities? How can local governments integrate culture within sustainable city planning and related initiatives? How can artistic/cultural activities in urban environments contribute to building more sustainable cities? How can these practices inform and advance emerging conceptualization and theorization of the relationships between culture and sustainability?

The research project Culturizing Sustainable Cities is searching for examples, from anywhere in the world, of two types of initiatives: (1) Development / implementation of policy and other actions of local authorities to integrate culture into local sustainable city planning and public policies, and to support art-environment activities; and (2) Local artistic/heritage/cultural activities involving local residents that help connect people to the environment and develop more sustainable living practices. In Phase 1, the research project will develop an online collection of profiles and case studies (globally distributed) selected from these examples. In Phase 2, two locations where clusters of cultural-environmental activities or major policy/planning innovations are identified will be examined in-depth.

For more information on the Culturizing Sustainable Cities project and to submit case suggestions, please visit: www.ces.uc.pt/projectos/culturizing/ or contact: Dr. Nancy Duxbury, Researcher, Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra, Portugal at duxbury@ces.uc.pt; www.ces.uc.pt/investigadores/cv/nancy_duxbury.php