About the Urban Sustainability Laboratory

According to the United Nations, half of the world’s population now lives in cities.  Cities are not only growing in size and number, they are producing more of the world’s wealth. This expansion is continuing with virtually all urban growth occurring in cities of the developing world, overwhelming ecosystems and placing tremendous pressure on the capacity of local governments to provide necessary infrastructure and services.  Failure to prepare for this unprecedented and inevitable urban explosion carries serious implications for global security and environmental sustainability. more

The Latest from the Urban Sustainability Laboratory

Addressing the Affordable Housing Crunch: U.S. Policy Shifts

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Dec 18, 2014
While experts agree on the importance of affordable housing for the well-being of a city and its residents, confronting the affordable housing shortage has been the subject of much debate and remains one of the top urban policy challenges in the United States today. more

Locating Social Entrepreneurship in the Global South: Innovations in Development Aid

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Dec 17, 2014
This publication, produced by the Urban Sustainability Laboratory together with Zeppelin University and Siemens Stiftung, highlights the latest in practice and research on the role that social entrepreneurship can play in meeting international development goals and empowering the poor. more

Dancing towards Revolution in Kyiv

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Dec 15, 2014
Blair A. Ruble, Vice President for Programs at the Wilson Center, examines the link between ballet and social, political change in Ukraine. more

“Beauty and the Beast:” A Tale of Entrepreneurship and Community

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Dec 15, 2014
Now over a decade old, Synetic [Theater] – which is based in Arlington’s Crystal City – has joined the upper ranks of the Washington theater scene with hauntingly scored, visually striking , and physically demanding performances that have made the company among the most widely praised practitioners of physical theater anywhere. more

Dancing towards Revolution in Kyiv

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Dec 11, 2014
Blair A. Ruble, Vice President for Programs at the Wilson Center, examines the link between ballet and social, political change in Ukraine. more

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