Culturizing Sustainable Cities: Call for examples – potential case studies


How can artistic/cultural practices be embedded within the planning and development of more sustainable cities? The research project Culturizing Sustainable Cities is searching for examples, from anywhere in the world, of two types of initiatives: (1) Development / implementation of policy and other actions of local authorities to integrate culture into local sustainable city planning and public policies, and to support art-environment activities; and (2) Local artistic/heritage/cultural activities involving local residents that help connect people to the environment and develop more sustainable living practices.

In Phase 1, we will develop an online collection of profiles and case studies (globally distributed) selected from these examples. In Phase 2, two locations where clusters of cultural-environmental activities or major policy/planning innovations are identified will be examined in-depth.

For more information on the Culturizing Sustainable Cities project and to submit case suggestions, please visit:

Thank you – Dr. Nancy Duxbury, Researcher, Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra, Portugal

Nancy Duxbury, PhD
Investigadora PhD | Senior Researcher
Co-coordinator, Cities, Culture, and Architecture Research Group
Centro de Estudos Sociais (CES) | Centre for Social Studies
State Associate Laboratory
University of Coimbra
Colégio S. Jerónimo, Ap. 3087

3000-995 Coimbra, Portugal

+ 351 239 855 595

Adjunct Professor
School of Communication, Simon Fraser University
Vancouver, Canada

Recently published: Animation of Public Space Through the Arts: Toward More Sustainable Communities (Almedina 2013)

Forthcoming: Cultural Mapping as Cultural Inquiry (Routledge, 2014)

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