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#11: Sustainable Cities & Communities

What does sustainable mean? What does it mean to have sustainable cities & communities? How can we learn about this global goal through art?

Find out: Watch this clip to learn more about the importance of creating sustainable cities and communities around the world.


While you are watching and listening you might like to think about these questions.

What do the words sustainable, city and community mean?

Can you translate these words into another language?

Do you think cities and communities are important Why or why not?

What is the difference between a community and a city?

Understanding Goal 11: Sustainable Cities & Communities (Primary)



How did cities come about?


Let’s Build a City-CrashCourse Kids

Green School Bali


Dad Reinvents playgrounds to be accessible for all







Harper’s Playground

Why Cities Need Trees?

Sustainable Singapore


Dale Chihuly

Jim Bachor






Here are some search terms:

  • Sustainable cities for kids

  • Sustainable playgrounds for kids

  • Sustainable design

  • Sustainable engineering

How to build a better city

Art Idea: Landscape

 A. Create a drawing or painting that show us what a sustainable community might look like.

Do you now have wind farms out in our oceans? Or fields of Solar panels surrounded by fruit trees?

B. You could also draw a design for a sustainable house and then build a mini model out of recycled materials.

Art Idea:
3D Design

C. Create a new sustainable city, school or a playground.


You could draw your design or make a model (out of recycled materials) or even create your design on Tinkercad.


Art Idea:
Art for a purpose

D. Make a piece of Sustainable Art to enhance the beauty of an area. This could be a mural, a sculpture, a mosaic, chalk outdoor artwork, an installation piece, drawings or paintings.

Think carefully about the location of your artwork- perhaps artwork in the bathrooms, on the ceilings or in the corridors would best work for your community. 


If your artwork will be displayed outside carefully consider what materials are waterproof so that your work doesn't get ruined by the rain or weather.



Dale Chihuly Sculptures


E. Make a Dale Chihuly inspired ‘fake’ glass sculpture using recycled plastic bottles instead of glass.

You can slightly melt and bend plastic bottles safely by dipping them carefully in boiling water, but using a  heat gun works much better. Make sure to use protective heat gloves and a face mask and be sure to ask an adult for help as it is both dangerous and quite tricky to do.


Taking Action

Here is a list of ideas from the Good Life Goals that can help you to take action on goal #11.



Taking Action

Where do I start?

Prepare for Emergencies

New Ideas & Resources

Coming soon!

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