This book addresses the concept of sustainable place. It looks at the distinctive features of place associated with man’s interaction with landscape, architecture and master planning and investigates the potential of these features to form the constituent parts of a framework of assessment. It outlines a framework for determining the energy and environmental capabilities of a locality for sustainable development in consideration of its social, economic, political and cultural prerequisites – a framework that may be applied locally but that also bears a direct relationship to national and international concerns for sustainability.
Sustainable Place puts forward the potential elements of an aesthetic for sustainability which may be used anywhere in the world, to facilitate human progress whilst avoiding the disastrous environmental consequences that ill–considered development too often entails. It is a subject of vital concern to anyone who cares for the future of the planet, and especially to those involved in the planning and construction of our towns and cities.
CHAPTER ONE: CURRENT BACKGROUND
Dialectical Process – Vehicle of Change – Local Agenda 21 – Energy and Environment as a Driver for Change – Conclusion.
CHAPTER TWO: PROBLEMS AND RESOLUTIONS
Kyoto Climate Treaty and Bonn Agreement – Initiatives Toward Energy Efficiency – The Ecological Tax Reform (E.T.R) – Unequal Distribution of Wealth and Social Inequality – Environmental Assessment – Globalisation – Biodiversity – Urban Megalopolis – The City – Conclusion.
CHAPTER THREE: FOUR PREMISES
Interconnectedness – Limits to Growth – Energy–Interaction of Architecture and the Environment – An Environmental Aesthetic – Conclusion.
CHAPTER FOUR: A FRAMEWORK OF ASSESSMENT.
Master Plan – Indicators – Interconnectedness – Methodology – The Assessment and its Use – The Application of the Assessment – The Case Studies.
CHAPTER FIVE: CASE STUDY: SAN GIMIGNANO, ITALY.
Introduction – Stage 1 Observational Studies – Stage 2 Indicator Assesments – Stage 3 Capability Assessment – Stage 4 Determining.
CHAPTER SIX: CASE STUDY: LUDLOW, UK.
Introduction – Stage ;1 Observational Studies – Stage 2 Indicator Assessments – Stage 3 Capability Assessment – Stage 4 Determining.
CHAPTER SEVEN: IN SEARCE OF AN AESTHETIC.
Twentieth Century Background to Architecture – Twentieth Century Background to Landscape – Environmental Traditions – Leon Battista Alberti – Jay Appleton – Steven Bourassa and Roger Scruton.
CHAPTER EIGHT: COMING THROUGH. Millennium Consortium, Redevelopment of the Fort Area of Colombo, Sri Lanka – Master Plan, Canon′s Marsh, Bristol Harbourside, UK. Edward Cullinan Achitects – Coffee Creek Center, Chesterton, Indiana, USA. William McDonough and Partners.