Designing Sustainable Cities
Designing Sustainable Cities
ISBN: 978-1-444-31868-5 November 2009 Wiley-Blackwell 336 Pages
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 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.
Table of contents
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.
- multidisciplinary approach to understanding the relationships between urban policy, urban form, urban experience and urban design decision-making
- views the design of cities from the physical science, social science, and design perspectives to understand the social, economic and environmental dimensions of urban sustainability
- Includes detailed city-centre case studies from London, Manchester and Sheffield