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Urban Transformation: From Single-Point Solutions to Systems Innovation

by Eleanor Tonks 1,* and Sean Lockie 2
EIT Climate-KIC, 1018 JA Amsterdam, The Netherlands
EIT Climate-KIC, Fellow RICS, 40129 Bologna, Italy
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Climate 2020, 8(1), 17;
Received: 20 December 2019 / Accepted: 15 January 2020 / Published: 20 January 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Urban Climate and Adaptation Tools)
Adapting our cities to the new climate regime is critical to ensure that human development is not jeopardized and that the world’s citizens can thrive where they live. Faced as we are with the imperative to act, we now need to accept that the challenges we face are not technical in nature—they are systemic. Traditionally, investments in low-carbon city solutions have suffered from being small and disaggregated, with a focus on single-point solutions. To truly enable city transformation at scale, we need to completely rewire our approach to urban innovation and implementation. To face our new reality, EIT Climate-KIC works on catalysing systems change through innovation in areas of human activity that have a critical impact on greenhouse gas emissions—cities, land use, materials, and finance—and to create climate-resilient communities. In this paper, EIT Climate-KIC reflects on its key learnings, as an innovation community, on how to apply innovation in service of urban transformation through the application of nature-based solutions. View Full-Text
Keywords: systems change; innovation; nature-based solutions; cities systems change; innovation; nature-based solutions; cities
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Tonks, E.; Lockie, S. Urban Transformation: From Single-Point Solutions to Systems Innovation. Climate 2020, 8, 17.

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