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

Discovering the Power of Community in Unexpected Places

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Aug 10, 2015
Any understanding of “community” loses texture and vitality as it becomes a term of art spoken too often in policy debates without much thought. more

New Partnerships for Clearing the Air in Asia’s Cities

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August 12, 2015 // 2:00pm4:00pm
Asian cities are at the frontlines in the fight against air pollution. These cities are engines of economic growth, but often lack the tools and capacity they need to better manage air quality. more
President Lyndon B Johnson signing the Civil Rights Bill, April 11, 1968

U.S. Supreme Court Rules on Upholding Housing Discrimination Law

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Jul 15, 2015
Supreme Court upholds key tool for fighting housing bias by ruling on Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, challenging race-neutral policies that have negative effects on minorities. more

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

Where Does Baltimore Go From Here?

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May 07, 2015
As calm begins to return to Baltimore many long standing issues remain. They were not resolved during decades of decline and they are not likely going to be resolved in the short term. We asked Blair Ruble, Vice President for Programs and Director, Urban Sustainability Laboratory at the Wilson Center how the community can begin to move forward. more

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