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

Urban Opportunities: Perspectives on Climate Change, Resilience, and Inclusion

Urban Opportunities: Perspectives on Climate Change, Resilience, and Inclusion

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Jan 29, 2015
This publication marks the 5th year of the Urban Poverty Paper Competition for advanced graduate students sponsored by the Wilson Center's Urban Sustainability Laboratory, USAID, International Housing Coalition, the World Bank, and Cities Alliance. The volume includes original, solutions-oriented research by winning authors to assess existing urban policy and practice. more

Urban Opportunities: Perspectives on Climate Change, Resilience, Inclusion, and the Informal Economy

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Jan 29, 2015
This publication marks the 5th year of the Urban Poverty Paper Competition for advanced graduate students sponsored by the Wilson Center's Urban Sustainability Laboratory, USAID, International Housing Coalition, the World Bank, and Cities Alliance. The volume includes original, solutions-oriented research by winning authors to assess existing urban policy and practice. more
Urban Opportunities Webcast

Urban Opportunities: Perspectives on Climate Change, Resilience, and Inclusion

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January 26, 2015 // 1:00pm3:30pm
The Urban Sustainability Laboratory of the Wilson Center joins with USAID, International Housing Coalition, Cities Alliance and the World Bank to invite you to a seminar on: Urban Opportunities: Perspectives on Climate Change, Resilience, and Inclusion. more

Theater and the Heart of a City: Moscow’s Teatr.doc’s Confrontation with Authority

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Jan 07, 2015
On the evening of December 30, 2014 police officials and a television crew entered the hall, declared a bomb threat, and asked everyone to evacuate. Despite the declared urgency that a bomb might go off, the police checked and recorded the documents of everyone in the audience and requested that they wait in paddy wagons parked outside for their own protection. more
Photo by John Freedman

Theater and the Heart of a City: Moscow’s Teatr.doc’s Confrontation with Authority

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Jan 05, 2015
On the evening of December 30, 2014 -- just as two dozen or so patrons were settling into their seats at a purposefully ramshackle basement theater in central Moscow to watch a film about the ongoing conflict in Ukraine -- police officials and a television crew entered the hall, declared a bomb threat, and asked everyone to evacuate. more

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