- Sustainability, Urban density, Urban development
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Cities absorb 90% of the natural resources which are exploited on the planet and are the origin of
imbalances in sustainability. It is clear that achieving a sustainable balance depends upon cities
becoming more efficient in their environmental management and making citizens aware of their
responsibility. We consider whether current planning proposals are coherent with this philosophy.
Two fundamental arguments of current European town planning are defined: new urban development
and the restoration and improvement of the existing city.