Research and Publications

Research & Publications

  • Urban Patterns for the Green Economy: Levering Density

    Document type: SI Research & Publications

    Guidebook on Leveraging Density prepared for UN Habitat's Urban Patterns for a Green Economy series. Blake Robinson was lead author of the SI Projects team.

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  • Urban Patterns: Clustering for Competitiveness

    Blake Robinson and Sara Grobbelaar

    Document type: SI Research & Publications

    Taking a broader perspective, this guide looks at city regions and how they can be more optimally planned to achieve economic objectives in a manner that does not waste local resources. It looks at how competitive advantage can be achieved at a regional scale by encouraging cooperation between cities with complementary areas of specialization. It also considers how innovation for green economic development can be encouraged through the clustering of industries, and through collaborations between government, the private sector and academia.

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  • Urban Patterns: Optimizing Infrastructure

    Blake Robinson and Mark Swilling

    Document type: SI Research & Publications

    Considering urban infrastructure as the link between city inhabitants and natural resources, this guide looks at how infrastructural systems can be conceived differently in order to help all city residents to conserve resources. It introduces new concepts and approaches to the provision of infrastructural services, such as energy, water and waste treatment, and demonstrates how infrastructure investments can act as catalysts for urban sustainability.

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  • Urban Patterns: Working with Nature

    Blake Robinson, Gill Cullinan and Matthew Cullinan

    Document type: SI Research & Publications

    With functioning ecosystems forming the foundation for social and economic activity, this guide looks at how built environments can be planned to operate in  collaboration with nature. It looks at how to plan cities and regions for ecosystem health, focusing on allowing sufficient space for natural systems to continue providing crucial goods and services like fresh water, food, fuel and waste amelioration.

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  • Waste Recycling in Cape Town

    Sally-Anne Engledow

    Document type: Student Research

    Sally-Anne Engledow is a waste recycling consultant in Cape Town. This is a copy of her Masters Thesis for UCT entitled The Strategic Assessment of a Curbside Recycling Initiative in Cape Town as a Tool for Integrated Waste Management. Mark Swilling was the External Examiner. This research will be used by an SI research team to develop future sustainable infrastructure options for Cape Town.

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    Resource Efficiencies
  • Western Cape Sustainable Human Settlement Strategy

    Document type: SI Research & Publications

    Western Cape Sustainable Human Settlement Strategy - official policy framework of the Western Cape Provincial Government, compiled by a team coordinated by the Sustainability Institute;

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    Development Planning