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Designing Sustainable Cities

  • ID: 1083597
  • Book
  • August 2009
  • 336 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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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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The Vivacity Team.




Section 1 The urban design process.


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.


Section 2 Environmental sustainability and city–centre living.


4 Urban environmental quality.

5 The sensory city.

6 Inclusive design of ′away from home′ toilets.


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


7 Housing in the twentieth–century city.

8 Designing safe residential areas.

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


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


10 Urban sustainability: mixed use or mixed messages?

11 The generation of diversity.


Section 5 Supporting urban design decision–making: ICT.


12 IT Infrastructure for supporting multidisciplinary urban planning.

Section 6 VivaCity2020: artists–in–residence.


13 The role of art practice within VivaCity2020.

14 Present in public space.


15 The ongoing sustainable city endeavour.


1 VivaCity industry partners and collaborators.

2 Explaining space syntax.


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Rachel Cooper
Graeme Evans
Christopher Boyko
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