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Designing Sustainable Cities

  • Published: August 2009
  • Region: Global
  • 336 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd

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, and 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 makes recommendations READ MORE >

The Vivacity Team.

Acknowledgements.

Preface.

Introduction.

Section 1 The urban design process.

Introduction.

1 The urban design decision-making process: definitions and issues.

2 Urban design decision-making process: case studies.

3 Urban design decision-making process: a new approach.

Overview.

Section 2 Environmental sustainability and city-centre living.

Introduction.

4 Urban environmental quality.

5 The sensory city.

6 Inclusive design of 'away from home' toilets.

Overview.

Section 3 Urban form and social sustainability for city-centre living.

Introduction.

7 Housing in the twentieth-century city.

8 Designing safe residential areas.

9 Crime and urban design: an evidence-based approach.

Overview.

Section 4 Diversity and mixed use for city-centre living.

Introduction.

10 Urban sustainability: mixed use or mixed messages?

11 The generation of diversity.

Overview.

Section 5 Supporting urban design decision-making: ICT.

Introduction.

12 IT Infrastructure for supporting multidisciplinary urban planning.

Section 6 VivaCity2020: artists-in-residence.

Introduction.

13 The role of art practice within VivaCity2020.

14 Present in public space.

Overview.

15 The ongoing sustainable city endeavour.

Appendices.

1 VivaCity industry partners and collaborators.

2 Explaining space syntax.

Index.

?The presentation and interpretation of the data from the study areas provides the reader with a sound and logical introduction to the complex topic of sustainable urban design and offers some practical solutions to achieving sustainable designs.? (Building Engineer, November 2009)

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