Designing Sustainable Cities / Edition 1

Designing Sustainable Cities / Edition 1

by Rachel Cooper, Graeme Evans, Christopher Boyko
     
 

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

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405179157
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
09/28/2009
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

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.

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