Environment & Urbanization

World leading environmental and urban studies journal
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Current issue: The contribution of cities to local and planetary health - equity, ecosystem services and nature

This special issue examines the contributions that cities make to local and planetary health at a time when an ever-growing share of the world’s population primarily encounters nature within the city. Diverse case studies explore questions of what nature looks like in the city and who it is there to serve. These span a wide array of cities and biomes – from the lakes of Bengaluru, to the floodplains of Khon Kaen, the forests of Obafemi-Owode, the parks of Johannesburg, the orchards of Shenzhen and the wetlands of Kolkata – drawing out the intersections between social and environmental goals in the study of urban socio-ecological systems. 

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Book notes

Architecture is a unique blend of technical, artistic, economic and socio-cultural developments. Spanning both art and science, it is closely linked with urbanism, ecology, microclimate, environment, natural resources, water, energy and public health. In the words of RIBA Gold Medallist and Pritzker Award winner B V Doshi, “we cannot look at architecture as merely a product because it is not what one calls a passive space, form or structure. Architecture is an extension of our body. It’s not outside of me, it is a part of me and we live within it.

In recent years, the issues of environmental pollution and climate change have been at the forefront of international agendas. In response, in 2015 the 193 countries of the United Nations adopted the Sustainable Development Goals, aimed at making the world more liveable, green, pollution-free and resilient. This underlines that the paradigm of development aligns with economic, human, environmental and cultural objectives. Development, therefore, has to be low-carbon, pollution-free and climate-resilient.

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As part of the Covid Collective, research projects led by IIED and the
Disasters have a way of heaping their troubles with disproportionate ferocity upon the poor.
We have published many blogs on civil society’s responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, writes blog series curator David Satterthwaite.

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E&U's sister journal  Medio Ambiente y Urbanizacion focusses on Latin America

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