Sustainable Communities

Sustainable Communities

by Sim Van Der Ryn, Peter Calthorpe
     
 
This classic text is a practical vision of how different types of communities can make the transition to a sustainable way of life that balances production and consumption, reduces resource waste and produces long-term social and ecological health.

Our old patterns of growth are built on isolation—an isolation from the environment, an isolation between

Overview

This classic text is a practical vision of how different types of communities can make the transition to a sustainable way of life that balances production and consumption, reduces resource waste and produces long-term social and ecological health.

Our old patterns of growth are built on isolation—an isolation from the environment, an isolation between activities and ultimately an isolation between individuals. Whether city or suburb, these qualities of isolation are the same. Buildings ignore climate and place, uses are zoned into separate areas, and individuals are isolated by a lack of convivial public places. Sustainable patterns break down the separations; buildings respond to the climate rather than overpowering it, mixed uses draw activities and people together, and shared spaces reestablish community.

-from Sustainable Communities

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781897408179
Publisher:
New Catalyst Books
Publication date:
11/01/2008
Pages:
260
Product dimensions:
0.55(w) x 8.25(h) x 11.00(d)

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