The compendium is currently a work in progress and will ultimately have its own home on the internet.  As part of this research project, we have thus far compiled a database of in excess of 400 sites worldwide, which we estimate to be approximately 80% of all ecourban developments.

We provide links to a number of external sites detailing ecourban developments we have catalogued thus far.  Not all ecourban developments are reflected on their own website and this list does not represent the breadth of developments that exist.  These are provided for example only.

Ecourban site selection criteria are as follows:

  • include an ecodistrict or related label, have signature or ‘prototype’ status within their nation;
  • have a masterplan, model, or other policy framework associated with them;
  • be neighbourhood-scale or larger;
  • be sited on a brownfield/urban infill site;
  • have a residential component; and
  • have proceeded to occupancy of at least one phase.

We welcome any suggestions for ecourban sites in the comments below.

Example Ecourban Sites:

1- Dockside Green

Dockside Green, located near downtown Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, is an underutilized, 15-acre area that presents a prototype for green building at the neighborhood scale developed on a brownfield site. This community –which is a combination of residential, office and commercial buildings – is considered one of the most innovative green sites in North America. In 2009 the first residential units were completed. To date, 25% of the project has been built, including 266 residential units, 49 affordable housing units, and 13 businesses located in 3 commercial buildings, with full completion anticipated by 2027.

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2- Tuggelite Eco-village

Tuggelite, located in the suburbs of Karlstad, a mid-sized Swedish city and the capital of Varmland County, is the first ecovillage in Sweden established in 1984. Tuggelite as an early example of sustainable communities has been a source of inspiration for numerous sustainable pursuits in Sweden and some other countries. Having an area of 1205 meter square, Tuggelite is a pretty small neighbourhood that includes 16 households in five apartment buildings. In Tuggelite, ecological and social aspects of sustainability are closely intertwined and have created a vibrant green community.

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3- Vancouver Olympic Village

The first LEED Platinum neighbourhood in North America, and the world’s first sustainable Olympic village, Vancouver Olympic Village located in False Creek Southeast, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, is a 7-acre ecourban site that was initially created for hosting 2010 Winter Olympics. Vancouver Olympic Village has been bound to the sustainability goals in keeping with Vancouver’s Greenest City goals. After the Olympic Games, its accommodation usage changed to a mixed-used community which is mostly residential with approximately 1,100 residential units that include several affordable and social housing units, modest market housing, and co-op housing. It also includes parks and shopping and recreation centers. Based on its development plan, 5000 housing units, mostly affordable, are supposed to be built in the neighborhood by 2020.

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