Latest Urban Reads

Urban Breezes Summer Reads

Authors: Helen Santiago Fink & Petra Hurtado

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Nature-Based Solutions For Climate Resilience

Author: Helen Santiago Fink

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Will Urban Planners Save The World?

Author: Petra Hurtado

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Urban Events

Looking for an event on cities, urban sustainability, resilience, urban climate action, smart cities, livable cities or related topics? Check out the Urban Calendar at Urban Breezes, featuring future urban events around the world.

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At Urban Breezes, we are global thought leaders in urban sustainability, climate change mitigation/adaptation and resource efficiency offering an inclusive, holistic approach. With our unique multidisciplinary expertise, we provide nature-based and people-centric solutions to address the challenges of cities of the present and the future at local, national, and international levels.

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Save the date: Utrecht Earth System Governance Conference, Nov. 5 – 8 2018

The 2018 Utrecht Earth System Governance Conference will take place at the Utrecht University in The Netherlands  from November 5 to 8, 2018. Helen Santiago Fink will be presenting on New Pathways for Climate Action.

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Vienna – The Most Livable City In The World!

August 14, 2018

Congratulations! After having been rated the most livable city in the world last year by Mercer’s Quality of Living Ranking for 8 years in a row, this year, the Austrian capital topped the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Index for the first time.

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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The choice […] between city and nature is a false choice and an unnecessary and outdated dichotomy.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 )