The Green Book on the Urban Environment

Spain has the cities one of its greatest assets. However, for some time now, it seems the city´s generation moves away from the traditional Mediterranean model that had been our urban system support a place of growth, creativity, change, without compromising our natural and agricultural heritage.

Thus, the introduction of the Anglo-Saxon model of city generation has meant an explosion in consumption of soil, materials, water, and energy that was never known before. In thirty years our cities and metropolis, has grown and come to occupy double even triple the land occupied throughout its history.

The growth has been creating a diffused city where their uses and functions have been separated, forcing to connect them with an extensive network of roads for motorized traffic. The impact on ecosystems has grown to such an extent that it is making the process increasingly unsustainable. And also this same process is simplifying our traditional cities and weakening mechanisms of social cohesion and coexistence that once characterized them..

Conflicts of social, environmental, and economic nature that begin to develop to advise to curb of the current trend because it does not address the major challenges of our society, i.e., does not address sustainability-related variables that indicate we entered a new era, the era of information and knowledge.

The Mediterranean city reasonably compact and complex is revealed as a more sustainable city model. Working in an integrated manner by a model sustainable city and at the same time knowledge is the best strategy, even to compete, that the city could adopt.

The Mediterranean city reasonably compact and complex is a more sustainable city model.
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The Green Book on the Urban Environment

The document has been made with the Spanish strategy on urban environment, within the framework of the collaboration agreement between the Ministry of Environment (Directorate General of Quality and Environmental Assessment) and the Agency of urban ecology of Barcelona.


Edited by the MARM