Ethical cities: advancing urban resilience, inclusion and innovation

Cities are the result of a complex interplay of places, people and power, which in turn shapes and is shaped by dynamics of technologies, materials, and social and cultural phenomena. Given these practical realities that cities face, what ethical frameworks guide city-shaping actions and how can these be attended to in order to enhance urban life for all?

Inspired by the principles of the United Nations Global Compact and associated dialogues around both the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the New Urban Agenda (a UN-Habitat III initiative), RMIT Europe presents the ethical city as an urgent objective. This initiative calls for an environmentally, socially and culturally sustainable city that utilises transparent, accountable, respectful, democratic, inclusive mechanisms of engagement.

Focus areas for discussion at the Ethical Cities: Urban Innovation Forum in Barcelona were:

  • Affordable homes and innovative financing
  • Urban energy transitions
  • Public spaces and inclusion