Sustainable Urbanization in Asia and Latin America

Publication | August 2014
Sustainable Urbanization in Asia and Latin America

Urbanization is a result as well as a driver of growth, but has often been accompanied by problems with pollution, congestion, slums, and damage to the environment and ecosystems.

This comparative report is a collaborative effort of the Asian Development Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank to anticipate and respond to the challenges faced by their members in managing the process of urbanization towards sustainability. The report draws from the experiences and lessons from Asia and Latin America through the framework of urban metabolism.


  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • Characterizing Urban Form
  • Material Flows in Selected Urban Areas
  • Urban Infrastructure and Services
  • Moving toward Sustainable Cities