Using two case studies of two towns (San Gimignano, Italy and Ludlow, England) as a backdrop, the book examines their distinctive features and develops a framework for assessing their energy and environmental capabilities in light of their social, economic, political and cultural prerequisites. Discussion includes such key aspects of sustainability as geological formation, climate, external dependencies, communication and infrastructure, historical heritage, community and permanence of population.
- Includes the author's own annotated drawings that complement the text.
- Examines the background and current state of sustainability and provides practical examples of assessments of specific localities
- Based on the author's own research
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.