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.

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Urban Violence: Building Safe and Inclusive Cities in Latin America

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May 13, 2015 // 9:00am11:00am
Join us for a panel discussion on policy options for building safe and inclusive cities in Latin America based on recent field research conducted in several major urban areas in the region. more

After Baltimore, we must see community as a process

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May 01, 2015
"As time passes, Baltimore will find ways to move forward. Too many Baltimoreans are too committed to their city for the current status quo to remain invariable. To do so, though, community and neighborhoods have to engage a larger world rather than build existing walls ever higher,” writes Blair Ruble. more

After Baltimore, we must see community as a process

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Apr 30, 2015
"As time passes, Baltimore will find ways to move forward. Too many Baltimoreans are too committed to their city for the current status quo to remain invariable. To do so, though, community and neighborhoods have to engage a larger world rather than build existing walls ever higher,” writes Blair Ruble. more

Cosmonauts Avenue Interview with Blair Ruble

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Apr 06, 2015
Podcast conversation about the influence of the urban environment on Russian culture, touching on Leningrad/St. Petersburg's inner courtyards, the echoing memory-spaces of Vilnius, and the social implications of urban geography, all topics covered in my conversation with writer Mikhail Iossel. more

Misty Copeland to Dance Swan Lake at DC’s Kennedy Center

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Apr 06, 2015
The upcoming performance of Swan Lake with two African-American lead dancers reminds some in Washington, D.C., of the legacy of dance at Howard University. more

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