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November 2015 - Literature review on Sustainable urbanism: processes and outcomes available for download
A large body of academic research has been published about sustainable urbanism. This summary is based upon a review of new, peer-reviewed, research-based, English-language research papers which contain the phrase ‘sustainable urbanism’ in title/abstract published between 2010-15. A total of 125 research papers met these inclusion criteria.
Although hugely diverse in terms of methodology, discipline, location and focus, the papers under review tend to either: (i) explore processes of planning and delivering sustainable urban spaces; or (ii) evaluate outcomes of sustainable urban developments.
November 2015 - Literature review on Sustainable Drainage Systems available for download
Academic research on SDS remains relatively small in terms of the number of studies. This summary is based upon a review of new, peer-reviewed, research-based, English- and Portuguese-language research papers which contain the above and related terms in title/abstract, published between 2000-15. 220 research papers met these criteria. Those studies were narrowed down through analysis of citations and an emphasis on review-style papers.
Although diverse in terms of methodology, discipline, location and focus, the papers under review tend to: (i) explore environmental management and the design/optimization of SDS systems (the largest area of research); (ii) evaluate society-environment interactions within SDS; or (iii) analyse the role of communities and education in ensuring the successful operation of SDS.
Engagement meeting - 15th May, 2015 (UNESP, Brazil)
A meeting between members of the Brazilian research group and potential partners from the private sector and public officials took place on May 15, 2015 in the auditorium of INOVEE (Innovation Center for Energy Efficiency) of Univ Estadual Paulista (UNESP) in Guaratingueta, SP, Brazil. Results from the project 'Planning for Sustainable Cities' (FAPESP - São Paulo Research Foundation) were presented; in terms of water supply and power generation with municipal waste. The research from the Graduate Program in Mechanical Engineering from UNESP / Guaratinguetá was also presented. The project "Sharing Futures" enabled a space for debate with the community.