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Transitions towards sustainability - learning from Graz and Freiburg?
University of Klagenfurt, Austria.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3945-0183
University of Freiburg, Germany.
2012 (English)In: Serbian Architectural Journal, ISSN 1821-3952, Vol. 4, 75-98 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Innovation policies in the European Union increasingly address so-called ‘grand challenges’ such as climate change, resource depletion or aging societies. Such transformations go far beyond conventional product or process innovations and require a restructuring of broad socio-technical regimes, e.g. the built environment, systems of mobility, the energy system or the way we organize processes of production and consumption.

The distributed nature and specific socio-technical dynamics of large-scale transition processes towards greater sustainability makes cities an important arena of infrastructure transformation and a crucial nexus between different levels of governance and strands of socio-political discourse. The article is based on an analysis of the cases of Graz and Freiburg which since at least two decades have been regarded as ‘eco-cities’ and particularly advanced in their environmental policies and actions. We will investigate to which extent these cities were indeed capable of system innovations and fundamental shifts towards the aim of a “sustainable city“ and we will then draw some conclusions about the ‘room for manoeuvring’ of cities within broader sustainability transitions.

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2012. Vol. 4, 75-98 p.
Keyword [en]
Sustainability transitions, eco-cities, infrastructures, urban policy
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies) Economic Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-89135OAI: diva2:607148
Available from: 2013-02-22 Created: 2013-02-22 Last updated: 2015-03-05

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