About the Urban Sustainability Laboratory

In the next 35 years, 75 percent of the world’s population will reside in urban areas, and most of that growth is expected to take place in the under-planned and under-served cities of the developing world. It is increasingly understood that the future of sustainable development is inexorably tied to the future of the world’s cities. Since 1991, the Urban Sustainability Laboratory has advanced solutions grounded in urban approaches to some of the world’s most pressing challenges—such as poverty, exclusion, insecurity, migration, and environmental degradation. The Laboratory combines evidence-based research with on-the-ground expertise to identify comprehensive policies that harness the energy of urban growth and diversity to create sustainable, equitable and peaceful cities.

The Latest from the Urban Sustainability Laboratory

Porgy & Bess at 80: Rethinking Russian Influence on American Culture

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Mar 18, 2015
East European musical and theatrical masters arriving in the United States beginning in the 1890s immediately recognized and praised the contributions of African Americans to American culture. more

University Park Community Solar LLC – the First Community Solar Power Initiative

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Mar 16, 2015
In an effort to reduce its carbon footprint the University Park community in Maryland established a solar power generation plant for member residents. more

The View from the Bus: Rethinking Cities through Performance

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Mar 16, 2015
Hungarian Showcase Arts festival in Budapest celebrating the city’s vibrant performing arts scene. The festival became an opportunity for the international theater community to show its support for Budapest colleagues who are beleaguered by an increasingly authoritarian government prone to using political, bureaucratic, and financial levers to enforce compliance with their nationalist-oriented agenda. more

The View from the Bus: Rethinking Cities through Performance

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Mar 16, 2015
Hungarian Showcase Arts festival in Budapest celebrating the city’s vibrant performing arts scene. The festival became an opportunity for the international theater community to show its support for Budapest colleagues who are beleaguered by an increasingly authoritarian government prone to using political, bureaucratic, and financial levers to enforce compliance with their nationalist-oriented agenda. more

Urban Poverty Graduate Student Paper Competition 2015

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Feb 27, 2015
To encourage a new generation of urban policy makers and promote early career research, USAID, International Housing Coalition (IHC), World Bank, the Wilson Center, and Cities Alliance are co-sponsoring the sixth annual paper competition for graduate students, seeking abstracts on urban poverty in the developing world. Winning papers will be published and selected authors will be invited to present their work in a policy workshop to be held at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. in January, 2016. more

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