Nowadays, urban sustainability is threatened by global changes and challenges that comport among others:
- Economic changes
- Rapid technological and social changes
- Scarcity of resources
- Impact of environmental and climate changes
Therefore, mayors, municipal authorities and city planners throughout the world are confronted with a number of pressing issues, among which comes as a most important and urgent question:
How can cities improve their quality of life and competitiveness as well as protect the environment and conserve resources at the same time?
Cities are certainly to be seen as a major contribution to environmental degradation and a representation of immense ecological burdens. Nevertheless, they also present an opportunity to be models of environmental efficiency that should be well invested in. In that sense, e.g. increased density and better management can reduce the costs of mobility and service delivery, promote innovation and enable prosperity through economic development. More sustainable cities will be the best option to provide a better quality of life and to reduce net pollution.
The Rapid Planning Project (RP) comes as a measure of creativity and originality going in such direction. RP is an action oriented scientific project that addresses the actual and foreseeable upcoming issues of dynamic city development and their related challenges. It aims at developing urban sustainability solutions that marry successfully with local implementation contexts.
The research work is based on the practical experiences in Africa and Asia, and Frankfurt as a reference city in Germany:
Da Nang, Vietnam
Population: 1,046,876 inhabitants
Extension: 1,285.4 km²
Population: 1,135,428 inhabitants
Extension: 730 km²
Population: 979,892 inhabitants
Extension: 256 km²
Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Population: 736.414 inhabitants
Extension: 248 km²