Urban Breezes Services

At Urban Breezes, we are now offering consulting services and educational training. We provide nature-based and people-centric solutions for sustainable, resilient, and livable cities. Check out the new Urban Breezes Services section!

We advise on climate planning for low-carbon / low-resource development, community resiliency, and disaster recovery.

We connect green economy stakeholders, assess global market opportunities, and foster cross-sector collaborations.

We evaluate building performance, neighborhood plans, infrastructure investments, and city programs.

We educate urban stakeholders, offering community capacity building and trainings.

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North American Climate Summit #ChicagoCharter

Chicago hosted the 2017 North American Climate Summit, bringing together Mayors from the U.S., Canada and Mexico to articulate commitments to the Paris Agreement and recognize the impact cities can have in the fight against climate change.

We participated in this exciting event. Read here what happened during the two days.

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The Handbook of Sustainability and Social Science Research is out now!

The Handbook of Sustainability and Social Science Research is out now!

In this handbook social science researchers who focus on sustainability present and discuss their findings, including empirical work, case studies, teaching and learning innovations, and applied projects. As such, the book offers a basis for the dissemination of information, ideas and experiences acquired in the execution of research projects, especially initiatives which have influenced behavior, decision-making, or policy. Furthermore, it introduces methodological approaches and projects which aim to offer a better understanding of sustainability across society and economic sectors.

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Urban Breezes in Colombia at the III Ibero-American Socioeconomics Meeting


From November 16 to 18, the III Ibero-American Socioeconomics Meeting, organized by the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics together with the Universidad Tecnológica de Bolívar, took place in beautiful Cartagena de Indias, Colombia.

“The question of development has been central to the Ibero-American debate concerning the relationship between economy and society. The current discussion of its different definitions have taken a definite turn in the bend due to their scope to other spheres rather than just economic growth, a concept to which it has been confined almost exclusively for several decades .”

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Urban Quotes

The flâneur understands the city as few of its inhabitants do, for he has memorised it with his feet.

Lauren Elkin

( Author of "Flâneuse - Women Walk the City" 2017 )

Recent research indicates that once a city acquires a reputation - as an exciting place or as one where nothing ever happens - that image tends to survive unchanged for long periods of time.

Joan De Jean

( Author of "How Paris Became Paris" 2014 )

The choice […] between city and nature is a false choice and an unnecessary and outdated dichotomy. Biophilic cities and biophilic urbanism transcend this dichotomy and present a compelling new vision for a rapidly urbanizing world.

Timothy Beatley

( Author of “Biophilic Cities – Integrating Nature into Urban Design and Planning” 2010 )

Nature is the earth's most complex system. And perhaps the most complex human-made systems are cities.

Jonathan F. P. Rose

( Author of "The Well-Tempered City" 2016 )

Up to our time, strict economy in the use of natural resources has not been practiced, but it must be henceforth unless we are immoral enough to impair conditions in which our children are to live.

Daniel Burnham

( American architect and urban planner, 1846 -1912 )

If we design good cities, then we can achieve development.

Alejandro Aravena

( Chilean architect and Pritzker Architecture Prize awardee, at Habitat III in Quito, Ecuador in 2016 )

Values are instruments through which we look, interpret and experience the world. When we think we do not just think: we think with ideas.

Ernst Friedrich Schumacher

( Author of "Small Is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered" 1973 )

The car is our "mechanical mother-in-law". We have to maintain good relations with her, but we can't let her dominate our lives.

Jaime Lerner

( Mayor of Curitiba, Brazil )

Life in buildings and between buildings seems in nearly all situations to rank as more essential and more relevant than the spaces and buildings themselves.

Jan Gehl

( Author of "Life Between Buildings" 2011 )

Cities were created to bring things together.

Jeff Speck

( Author of "Walkable City" 2012 )

The city shapes our decisions.

Charles Montgomery

( Author of "Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design" 2014 )

To plan is human, to implement divine.

Janice E. Perlman

( Founder & President of the Mega-Cities Project; at the Eco-City World Summit 2011 in Montreal )

Planners compose and offer advice on preparing for an uncertain future.

Charlie Hoch

( Professor of Urban Planning and Policy at UIC, author of "What Planners Do: Power, Politics, and Persuasion" 2011 )

We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.

Albert Einstein

( German Physicist )

A good city is not a city where poor people can afford cars. A good city is a city where rich people take public transit.

Enrique Peñalosa

( Mayor of Bogota, Colombia )