Why London is a sustainable city
Before continuing the tour, Granary Square, with its now iconic fountains, is the perfect stop for a drink or a bite to eat. From Vinoteca, a large wine bar flooded with natural light and with a menu to suit all tastes (biodynamic, or English sparkling wines, gin and tonics, cocktails and soft drinks), to the Instagrammable Caravan with its Australian-style brunches and barista coffee, the excellent tacos of El Pastor, or the Indian delicacies of the renowned Dishoom – the eternal queue attests to its quality – not taking advantage of the gastronomic offer of the area would be a sin.
The Camley Street Nature Reserve, located between King’s Cross and St. Pancras in a space that occupies almost a hectare, has recently reopened after a major renovation. This natural space, unknown to many, was founded in 1984 and is built on the remains of what used to be a yard where coal coming from the north was deposited, so its power as a symbol of sustainability is very strong. There you will find wooded areas and wetlands, the perfect habitat for dozens of animals and plants that in other parts of the city would have nowhere to live, as well as a good setting for taking pictures of an unknown London.
Examples of sustainable cities
Versatile proposals, to which are also added the Noom armchairs and the Talent elevating table, finalist of the 2021 Design Awards of the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). Solutions that seek to add value through collaboration between people, but also technology, such as the Gaia intelligent platform, which has demonstrated its potential in situ to improve the well-being of people in the workspace, an essential factor for developing talent and creativity.
Why Stockholm is a sustainable city
Faced with these challenges, many cities are developing policies that favor sustainable development in environmental, social and economic matters, without disregarding any of them. That is why they not only take into account economic indicators of well-being, but also analyze and manage, with the same importance, others such as education, health, energy, green spaces, pollution, transportation, tourism and employment.
In addition, the HafenCity urban development project will convert 40 % of the city’s urban area into parks, gardens, paths and green spaces. Apart from the resulting environmental and aesthetic benefits, this measure will also serve to protect the city against flooding from the Elbe River by acting as a natural sponge in one of the cities known as the Venice of the North.
With the third largest suburban train system in the world, the aim is now to convert its bus fleet into an electric fleet with an ambitious plan: by 2020 they expect half of the vehicles (120,000) to be electric.
Because Edinburgh is a sustainable city
It implies that all the social strata and layers of a city that make up a complex network within the fundamental dimensions of sustainability: social, environmental and economic, in the activity of any city that represents an effort to try to define rules based on intelligent urban development.
One of the most reliable indicators to be able to be catalogued with the title of most sustainable city is found from ARCADIS that works jointly in the support to UN Habitat and that offers the annual report of Index of Sustainable Cities. To determine the virtues and shortcomings of the most sustainable cities in the world. The study is based on three key points of importance:
From education (Literacy and universities), health (Life expectancy and obesity), income inequality, work-life balance, dependency ratio, crime, housing or living costs. These indicators can be broadly considered as a portrait of “quality of life”.