UrbanShift Geospatial Analysis Lab Ushuaia

Through this strategic workshop, UrbanShift and the City of Ushuaia collaborated on data-driven approaches to sustainable urban growth.

date & time
30 Aug 2023, 12:00PM UTC
Ushuaia, Argentina
hosted by
World Resources Institute

In partnership with the City of Ushuaia and the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development of Argentina (MAyDS), UrbanShift hosted a technical workshop to discuss urban growth processes and sustainable development strategies for the city of Ushuaia in the framework of the Sustainable Cities Project (GEF-7), funded by the GEF and implemented by UNEP. During this two-day workshop, representatives from city departments, civil society, and academic institutions collaborated on strategic, data-informed solutions to Ushuaia’s unique development challenges.

As the city expands, it’s grappling with how best to accommodate new growth given its limited lands, cold climate and increasing energy demand. In some areas, the ever-increasing touristic flow in Ushuaia brings challenges to its singular biodiversity. The city is one of the few that concentrates mountains, forests and seashore, and the closest to Antarctica. Finding a balance between urban development and sustainability is key for the city achieve a green and low-carbon future. 

Currently, Ushuaia is in the process of refreshing their Local Climate Action Plan, which will update the city’s emissions inventory and propose new adaptation and mitigation measures. The city is also developing strategic plans and management instruments through the Sustainable Cities Project, in addition a piloting sustainable development intervention in one of its newest neighborhoods, the San Martín urbanization. Within this context, the World Resources Institute, lead the Lab workshop in Ushuaia, with support from UNEP, ICLEI, and C40.


Participants engaging during exercises
Participants engaging during exercises

During the two-days agenda, the participants deepened in the city context and challenges, explored geospatial analysis and territorial data to evaluate risk and future demands, and discussed best practices on Urban Growth Management, Energy Efficiency and Bioclimatic Urban Design.

In total, 44 local representatives and practitioners attended the event, representing 24 local institutions. Below, you can find agenda, presentations and photographs from the UrbanShift Lab in Ushuaia, Argentina.






Participants discussing during the site visit in Ushuaia
Participants discussing during the site visit in Ushuaia