008 - Sustainable Cities

Factual Question

What makes a city sustainable?

Debatable Question

Can a growing city ever be sustainable?

Key Terminology

  • Sustainable
We use the word sustainable or sustainability all the time but what does it really mean? Use the useful link below to define the word sustainable.

Useful Link



Activity One - Sustainable Stool

The sustainable stool below is a pictorial reference to remind us of the different elements that need to be considered when viewing sustainability. Draw a diagram representing the sustainable stool and then explain why it is important to consider the three key areas when discussing sustainability.


Image One - Sustainable Stool
Taken From: http://leansixsigmaenvironment.org/index.php/book-review-the-sustainability-advantage/
Taken From: http://leansixsigmaenvironment.org/index.php/book-review-the-sustainability-advantage/




Activity Two - Sustainable Projects

Last lesson you invested why your chosen city had seen a growth in people and the impact it was having. You are now going to try and solve two of the key problems raised in that city to try and make it more sustainable. Before you do that though we are going to investigate how a range of cities are tackling key problems within their boundaries. 

        • Collect a piece of A3 paper and a set of coloured pens from the cupboard.
        • Read the three articles below and write a summary of each project on the paper.
        • Try and colour code each project e.g. write the social ones in one colour, the economic in another and the environmental ones in a different colour.


 Sustainable Cities






Activity Three - Example - Curitiba, Brazil

Now we have looked briefly at a range of different cities we are going to look at one in more depth. Curitiba, Brazil has long been hailed has a beacon of hope for cities aiming to be more sustainable. You are going to look at what the key problems were in Curitiba and how the city has worked to solve them. The solutions may not seem particularly inventive or inspiring but the key thing is that they are appropriate for this city. The appropriate form of change is something that you will need to consider for your own city.

Image Two - Map of Brazil
Taken From: https://bloomtrigger.wordpress.com/tag/curitiba/


  • Watch the youtube clip below and make notes on the problems and solutions created to make Curitiba more sustainable.

Curitiba - Sustainable Development




Activity Four - Futures - Extension

We are not going to watch the youtube clip below in class as it is too long but if you would like to find out how the world could look in 2050 if we are more sustainable please view at home.

The World in 2050