Eco‐neighbourhood Planning in Greece
Maria‐Christina Georgiadou *
PhD Candidate, Centre for Sustainable Development, Department of Engineering, Cambridge CB2 1PZ, United Kingdom
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The research examines the viability and feasibility of eco‐neighbourhood planning in Greece. Eco‐neighbourhoods
demonstrate a holistic approach to sustainability with a threefold objective: contribution to tackling climate change,
meeting the increasing housing demand, and promoting innovation by fostering ‘green’ entrepreneurship. To date
these environmental, social and economic benefits have not been fully explored. The paper sets standards for the eco‐
neighbourhood scale, location and performance characteristics and reveals the main barriers to such eco‐
developments. Furthermore, a national strategy is proposed for their uptake, which includes policies that could
facilitate the coordination between social, government, administrative and scientific bodies, along with a portfolio of
specific actions to channel the project management.
Keywords: Eco‐neighbourhood planning, sustainability, buildings, government policy, financial mechanisms, green
technologies, public awareness.
Sustainable urban communities in Europe are gradually considered as a core component of strategic urban
planning aiming to reduce the carbon footprint and boost well‐being and business opportunities. German
cities, such as Freiburg, Berlin, Heidelberg, and Hamburg; Swedish urban areas, such as Malmö, Växjö, and
Hammarby Sjöstad, as well as, Copenhagen, the Eco‐Viikky district in Finland, the London Borough of Sutton, ...