Our report from the inaugural meeting of the International Advisory Group to Ecourbanism Worldwide, which took place on June 1, 2015, can be found here.

In Perspectives from Bogota we asked José Fernando Cuello Cuello, Deputy Director, Department of Environment, City of Bogotá a number of questions in order to get a sense of the ecourban development context in Latin America. Mr. Cuello provided these thoughtful responses and this perspective paper is also found as an appendix to our report from the June 2015 IAG report.

Join Us at Workshops and Conferences


In November 2016, we presented at the ACSP Conference in Portland Oregon, discussing preliminary results of the Place Observation Tool, an experiential observation exercise developed by Dr. Holden and based upon Kevin Lynch’s concept of imageability and Dr. Victoria Morkel’s Four Components and Six Essential Pairs.

In September 2016, at the EcoDistricts Research Forum, a shoulder event to the EcoDistricts Summit in Denver, Colorado, we hosted an interactive session titled “Opening up the Black Box of Research-Practice Partnerships”.  We were joined by our colleagues Dr. Akito Murayama from University of Tokya, Japan, Rebecca Holt from Perkins & Will, and Peter Whitelaw, from MODUS Planning & Consulting.  We engaged participants on what makes a good research-practice partnership, as is described in our blog post.  Click here for Dr. Murayama’s presentation and here for Rebecca Holt’s.

At the International Sustainable Development Research Conference in Lisbon in July 2016, we hosted a workshop called Toward Better Case Studies: Understanding what ecourbanism means for urban governance. We engaged with projects and colleagues from France, Germany, and Luxembourg. Abstracts from these presentations can be found here.

At the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) Conference in Toronto in June 2016, we hosted a session titled “Sustainability Planning: Insights from Planning Sustainable Neighbourhoods in Europe” as part of the ‘International Developments in the Green Building Sector’ stream, one of 5 focus areas of the conference.  While the focus of the conference was on green building technologies, systems, and rating tools, we maintained our neighbourhood focus by contrasting three neighbourhood scale certification systems – LEED ND, the EcoDistricts Protocol, and the Living Community Challenge – against each other within each component of the ecourbanism framework using three ecourban sites:  Hammarby-Sjostad (Stockholm, Sweden), Vauban and Rieselfeld (Freiburg, Germany) and Western Harbour (Malmo, Sweden).


At the Canadian Association of Geographers Annual Meeting in June 2015, we hosted a special session on Critical Ecourbanism Around the World, where nine researchers presented their findings on sustainable neighbourhood developments from Japan,  China, Western Europe, Canada, and Australia. Abstracts from these presentations can be found here.


Further Readings: 

         Ayyoob Sharifi, Akito Murayama- 2013

Using a content analysis, in this article seven neighborhood sustainability assessment tools are analyzed with regard to the underlying design and the procedures that are taken to measure sustainability performance and implement action plans, and some suggestions are made for the improvements of the discussed areas.


Martin de Jong, Simon Joss, Daan Schraven, Changjie Zhan, Margot Weijnen- 2015

This paper explores the twelve most frequent city categories that refer to the environmental urban planning approaches, and their relation to one another in the academic literature, through a comprehensive bibliometric analysis.


 Christopher Luederitz, Daniel J.Lang, Henrik Von Wehrden- 2013

This article investigates a quantitative review of the principles for sustainable urban neighborhood development based on the available literature and outlines a roadmap for research on the elaboration of a sufficient set of principles for sustainable urban neighborhood development:


Simon Joss, Robert Cowley, Daniel Tomozeiu- 2013

This study conceptualizes eco-city and its main dimensions based on empirical analysis of 178 eco-city initiatives worldwide.


Daniel Sturgeon, Meg Holden, Ana Molina- 2016

This article provides a summary of the literature on ecourbanism and neighborhood concepts and their intersection, a synopsis of the Ecourbanism Worldwide project, and a brief introduction to the scholarly work included in the special issue of Articulo Journal that focuses on the exploration of current trends in ecourban neighborhood-scale developments.