Designing Sustainable Cities (Google eBook)

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John Wiley & Sons, Nov 24, 2009 - Architecture - 336 pages
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This book offers practical solutions to achieving sustainable urban design and development, and helps designers communicate these solutions effectively to planners, developers and policy-makers. Addressing sustainability issues in relation to the design and planning of the urban environment is a complex, multi-disciplinary issue, and solutions never arrive from a single perspective. The authors use design as a facilitating factor to consider when and by whom decisions that contribute to sustainability are made. Through three major city-centre case studies – London, Manchester and Sheffield – they consider social, environmental and economic factors and examine their relationship to the decision-making process.

Designing Sustainable Cities begins by identifying the key processes and lead decision-makers. The following chapters develop an understanding of the dimensions of sustainability, presenting the tools by which the dimensions can be analysed. Later chapters illustrate the trade-offs and the relationships between the dimensions of sustainability – with case study examples – as well as the use of IT in making design decisions. Finally, the book gives recommendations for future approaches to the design, development and on-going management of urban environments.

 Designing Sustainable Cities covers:

• latest research data on the urban environment and the interaction between social, economic and environmental issues

• methods of understanding the context in which urban design takes place

• guidance on the codes of practice

• process maps to help understand the context, make trade-offs and develop design solutions that allow for change

• methods for testing the consequences of design proposals and monitoring outcomes.

  

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Contents

SECTION 1 THE URBAN DESIGN PROCESS
1
SECTION 2 ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY AND CITYCENTRE LIVING
52
SECTION 3 URBAN FORM AND SOCIAL SUSTAINABILITY FOR CITYCENTRE LIVING
110
SECTION 4 DIVERSITY AND MIXEDUSE FOR CITYCENTRE LIVING
187
SECTION 5 SUPPORTING URBAN DESIGN DECISIONMAKING ICT
240
SECTION 6 VIVACITY2020 ARTISTSINRESIDENCE
263
CONCLUSION CH15 THE ONGOING SUSTAINABLE CITY ENDEAVOUR
287
APPENDIX 1 VIVACITY2020 INDUSTRY PARTNERS AND COLLABORATORS
297
APPENDIX 2 EXPLAINING SPACE SYNTAX
300
INDEX
311
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About the author (2009)

Rachel Cooper – Lancaster University

Graeme Evans – London Metropolitan University

Christopher T Boyko – Lancaster University

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