Session D5: “Urban Productivity”: Finding common ground with the property and infrastructure industries to advance sustainability

This workshop is designed for those who are developing new ways to engage the private sector and local economic development officials in sustainability efforts.
Local sustainability professionals have relied heavily upon local government policy, regulatory, and procurement mechanisms to encourage more sustainable urban development practices and projects. However, in an era of market liberalisation, market pressures and private sector development objectives often prevail regardless of such local government measures. For this reason, local sustainability managers have increasingly sought ways to collaborate with the property and infrastructure industries to advance new market-based practices. The pursuit of increased ‘urban productivity’ is emerging as a framework for identifying the common ground and the potential for innovation.
Urban productivity is the ability of a city’s communities, districts, and infrastructure and services systems to produce resources, social development, and wealth. The ultimate requirement for global sustainability is the development of net productive urban places and systems. The pursuit of urban productivity in project design provides a foundation for collaboration between sectors, stakeholders, and local government sustainability and economic development departments. Rather than focusing on single agendas such as carbon, health, livability, financial returns, resilience, or competitiveness, the urban productivity approach helps stakeholders explore the comprehensive performance and optimization potential of places and systems at critical moments of development planning and investment decision making.
This session will explore an Urban Productivity framework that can be used in policy and project design to increase sustainability performance. Jeb Brugmann will present the Urban Productivity framework developed by The Next Practice in collaboration with ICLEI. Breakout groups will then test the application of the framework using two distinct exploratory exercises, applied to two different cases studies: a property development project, and a district-scale regeneration project.

Envisaged outcomes
Participants will develop their understanding of:

  • The concept of urban productivity
  • How to create greater common ground between the property development industry and sustainability objectives
  • The process of optimizing urban assets, places, and systems.


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Resource-efficient & Productive City
Location: DDP, Academy Hall Date: 11 April 2015 Time: 16:00 - 17:30 Jeb Brugmann Jeb Brugmann brekke Kathrine Brekke David Galloway Yondela Silimela