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Building a low-carbon city

In a previous article, we outlined the potential pillars of a city compatible with carbon neutrality, and presented regional strategies and initiatives that are already moving in this direction. Now let’s take things further and look at how we can incorporate this vision into day-to-day urban development. What mechanisms should be activated? Or put another way—to borrow the title of this publication from the Paris Urbanism Agency—what kind of “grammar” can we devise for carbon-neutral cities?In a previous article, we outlined the potential pillars of a city compatible with carbon neutrality, and presented regional strategies and initiatives that are already moving in this direction. Now let’s take things further and look at how we can incorporate this vision into day-to-day urban development. What mechanisms should be activated? Or put another way—to borrow the title of this publication from the Paris Urbanism Agency—what kind of “grammar” can we devise for carbon-neutral cities?In a previous article, we outlined the potential pillars of a city compatible with carbon neutrality, and presented regional strategies and initiatives that are already moving in this direction. Now let’s take things further and look at how we can incorporate this vision into day-to-day urban development. What mechanisms should be activated? Or put another way—to borrow the title of this publication from the Paris Urbanism Agency—what kind of “grammar” can we devise for carbon-neutral cities?In a previous article, we outlined the potential pillars of a city compatible with carbon neutrality, and presented regional strategies and initiatives that are already moving in this direction. Now let’s take things further and look at how we can incorporate this vision into day-to-day urban development. What mechanisms should be activated? Or put another way—to borrow the title of this publication from the Paris Urbanism Agency—what kind of “grammar” can we devise for carbon-neutral cities?

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