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Sustainable Cities: Oxymoron or the Shape of the Future?

Annissa Alusi, Robert G. Eccles, Amy C. Edmondson, and Tiona Zuzul 1

HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL

Abstract

Two trends are likely to define the twenty-first century: threats to the sustainability of the natural environment and dramatic increases in urbanization. This paper reviews the goals, business models, and partnerships involved in eight early “eco-city” projects to begin identifying success factors in this emerging industry. Eco-cities, for the most part, are viewed as a means of mitigating threats to the natural environment while creating urban living capacity by combining low carbon and resource-efficient development with the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) ...

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