SSO 110 ASU Compact Oakland City Planning and Development Discussion Paper


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This paper combines many things you have learned throughout this course. Your goal is
to describe an ideal but realistic sustainable neighborhood or city that you would like to
see in the future. This paper is a chance to voice your personal opinion about what a
truly sustainable city should look like; however, your opinion must be supported by
reputable evidence and should include concepts discussed in class.
Note: No development worksheet is provided for this paper. If you found the Micro
Essay worksheets helpful, please follow the same process for analyzing the goals of
each section of the paper, or create your own table to organize your findings.
Write a paper of 1750 to 2000 words in which you describe your ideal sustainable city.
You can pick any region and/or climate type you want. Follow the structure and details
listed below, and use headers to identify each of the 4 sections.
Section 1: Introduction
In one paragraph, explain your overall philosophy or vision for your city. Make sure to
specify the geographic region/climate conditions for your ideal community – a place you
would especially like to live in, and that is sustainable (in whatever way you want to
define the term).
Your introduction should be approximately 150 words.
Section 2: Sustainable Development Goals
Write 5 paragraphs in which you discuss which SDGs will guide your city plan, features,
and development.

Pick 5 Sustainable Development Goals
your ideal city is working towards to.

At least two choses SDGs should be related to the social aspects of sustainability
(i.e. no poverty, quality education, gender equality…)
Explain why the 5 SDGs you selected are important in order for a city to be
How can these SGDs guide the development and growth of your ideal city?
Each paragraph should be approximately 150 words.
Section 3: Urban Fabric
Write as many well-organized paragraphs as appropriate to describe some of the
features or answer some of the questions below.

How is this place laid out in terms of streets, buildings, public spaces, parks, homes,
workplaces, and shopping areas?
What planning strategies influenced your vision of a sustainable urban fabric
(Buildings, Transportation, Green Infrastructure). How do the chosen strategies
support your vision?
How does your city reduce social and environmental equity issues?
How does your vision work towards the chosen SDGs and to overall sustainability of
your city/neighborhood?
This section should be approximately 750 words.
Section 4: Conclusion
Write one paragraph in which you explain how your envisioned city/neighborhood can
be achieved in the near future. Is this actually realistic? If so, what would be required to
achieve it? If not, why not?
Your conclusion should be approximately 150 words.
Feel free to use GIS, photos, maps, or other creative visual images or techniques to
illustrate your point.
Support your paper with at least four reputable sources, but only one can be the

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physical wellbeing

Sustainable Cities

ideal town

Oakland City

minimal effects

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