Why are sustainable cities difficult to create?

03/5/2013 | FastCoExist

The latest version of the game SimCity can help explain why it's difficult to build a truly sustainable city. Six teams of urban planners faced off to play the game, trying to find a balance between doing what is known to work and building a sustainable community. The game is "designed to make players make unsustainable decisions. We want people to understand why it happens in the real world," said game designer Stone Librande. "If the game pulls you into this path that you know is bad and you know is wrong, you start to understand why we do things like mountaintop removal to get coal."

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