The guide is co-curated by Gilda B. Santana, Associate Librarian Professor, Head Architecture Research Center, (ARC) University of Miami Libraries and Sonia R. Chao, Associate Dean of Research, U-SOA, Co-Director of MPSUSR, and Faculty Lead in climate and environmental issues for the University of Miami Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas (UMIA). Because of the cross-disciplinarity and complexity of factors inherent to urban sustainability & resilience processes, some of the featured resources will overlap.
The most generally accepted definition of sustainable development appeared in the 1987 Brundtland Report, published by the World Commission on Environment and Development, where a sustainable form of development was described as one that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Thus, this definition recognizes that development need not be inconsistent with sustainability.
The construct of resilience is complex and multidimensional. It is a process that allows for adaptation in a constructive way to threats and adverse experiences. Although resilience can be understood through a variety of theoretical models, the underlying theme among them is that resilience is a process. Resilience in terms of cities generally refers to the ability to absorb, adapt and respond to changes in an urban system.
Selected Article Indexes & Databases
Access World News
Provides full-text information and perspectives from over 1400 U.S. and over 1200 international sources. Each source has its own distinctive focus offering diverse viewpoints on local, regional and world ssues.
The American Society for Testing and Materials is an international standards organization that develops and publishes voluntary consensus technical standards for a wide range of materials, products, systems, and services.
Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals
The index covers international, scholarly and popular periodical literature, including publications of professional associations; US state and regional periodicals; and major serial publications in the architecture and design of Europe, Asia, Latin America and Australia.
Sustainable building topics, case studies, building materials, feature articles, and more.
Encompasses books and other primary sources as well as current issues of journals. It provides full-text searches of almost 2,000 journals.
Proquest Research Library
Multidisciplinary resource featuring a diversified mix of scholarly journals, trade publications, magazines, and other timely sources.
International journal of urban policy and planning.
Environment and Urbanization *
Exchange of research findings, ideas and information in the fields of human settlements and environment among researchers, activists and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in low- and middle-income nations and between these and researchers, international agency staff, students and teachers in high-income nations.
Browse journals by disciplines: Health Sciences; Social Sciences and Humanites; Materials Sciences & Engineering; Life & Biomedical Sciences.
Sustainable Cities and Society *
International journal focusing on fundamental and applied research aimed at designing, understanding, and promoting environmentally sustainable and socially resilient cities.
Town Planning Review provides a principal forum for communication between researchers and students, policy analysts and practitioners. It publishes a diversity of research approaches, welcoming full-length papers and review articles contributing to the advancement of town and regional planning research in highly developed economies and in emerging industrial states.
Original papers on problem-oriented current research by geographers and other social scientists on urban policy; race, poverty, and ethnicity in the city; international differences in urban form and function; historical preservation; the urban housing market; and provision of services and urban economic activity.
Urban Studies *
An interdisciplinary journal publishing original contributions on urban and regional analysis and planning.
Interdisciplinary UM Library, School and Departmental Resources & Research
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Center for Urban and Community Design UM School of Architecture
CUCD was ounded in 1992 in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew with the mission of fostering a collaborative interdisciplinary approach that supports the buttressing, retro-fitting and creation of sustainable communities and buildings. The Center seeks to integrate research, teaching, and service, encouraging interdisciplinary thought and action in the areas of historic preservation, urban design & community engagement, and, sustainable & resilient design in the sub-tropics and tropics.
The Earth Institute Columbia University
The Earth Institute blends research in the physical and social sciences, education and practical solutions to help guide the world onto a path towards sustainability.
The Urban Resilience program works to help ULI members, communities and the built environment industries prepare for climate risk, considering opportunities in land use planning, real estate, building design and infrastructural investment.
Through original research and analysis, and in collaboration with philanthropic and academic partners, VoLo which was founded David Vogel and Thais Lopez-Vogel, aims to enrich the lives of individuals, strengthen communities, and educate future generations. Using a variety of qualitative and quantitative approaches they are able to support programs that generate measurable, meaningful, and sustainable results.
Network of the world’s megacities committed to addressing climate change. C40 supports cities to collaborate effectively, share knowledge and drive meaningful, measurable and sustainable action on climate change.
Institute for Sustainable Communities
ISC's mission is to help communities around the world address environmental, economic, and social challenges to build a better future shaped and shared by all.