Constructing sustainable urban futures: From models to competing pathways

S. Guy, S. Marvin

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This paper begins to build a conceptual framework that acknowledges the multiplicity of pathways towards different sustainable futures that often co-exist within a single city. There are three stages to the argument: the shift from the concept of a singular towards multiple models of what the sustainable city might become; the rejection of the simplistic use of models and the development of competing pathways to sustainable cities; and the recognition that a wide diversity of sustainable urban futures are likely to co-exist within a single city. The analytical framework of social constructivist theory developed here usefully demonstrates the contingent and contextual nature of technological innovation and building design.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-139
Number of pages8
JournalImpact Assessment and Project Appraisal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2001


  • Regional development
  • Sustainability
  • Urban futures


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