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Rafael E. Pizarro

Sustainable urbanism has become the byword for green cities on both sides of the Atlantic. Although in Europe and North America there is agreement that sustainable urbanism is about pedestrianism, bicyclism, compact urban form, medium to high densities, mass public transport, mixed land uses, among other such prescriptions, the approach to these aspects differ in both continents. This chapter compares the elements of sustainable urbanism on both sides of the Atlantic as specified in the academic and professional literature identifying commonalities and differences. It concludes with a proposal for a combined set of prescriptions that, with contextual changes, may lead to a more robust normative theory of sustainable cities.