Future Forms and Design for Sustainable Cities by Mike Jenks, Nicola Dempsey

By Mike Jenks, Nicola Dempsey

This selection of essays from overseas members offers the most recent learn approximately city types and the way they are often made extra sustainable sooner or later. besides the fact that, in contrast to different books on city sustainability, this e-book makes a speciality of sustainable making plans and layout matters from the neighborhood to the block scale.

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And O’Brien, G. (2002) Environment, Economy and Society: Fitting Them Together into Sustainable Development. Sustainable Development, 10: 187–196. Graham, S. and Marvin, S. (1996) Telecommunications and the City: Electronic Spaces, Urban Places, Routledge, London. Gratz, R. and Mintz, N. (1998) Cities Back for the Edge: New Life for Downtown, John Wiley, New York. Hackworth, J. and Smith, N. (2001) The changing state of gentrification. Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, 92(4): 464–477.

Arguably cities are the birthplace of democracy which, we would argue, is a vital feature of sustainability. The essence of cities is that they have always contained a myriad of diverse and intense connections and activities; where people live, work, shop and play, meeting the needs of economic production and social reproduction (Smith, 2002). They bring together people from many different backgrounds and cultures. This can be purely in terms of physical proximity but also in the creation of space for fusing ideas, styles and activities.

The capacity of buildings to cope with the increasing requirements for integrated digital information and communications technology played a part in this; however, over the course of the studies the emphasis slowly changed. Building intelligence was redefined: . . in a way that focussed on how buildings and technology can support an organization [and that] … the building technologies should serve the needs of the occupants rather than controlling or limiting them. , 1998, p. 134 More importantly, a pivotal aspect that these studies introduced to the concept of building intelligence was the issue of responsiveness to change: In the IBE [Intelligent Buildings in Europe] method the building shell is rated in terms of one overall characteristic – its adaptability to meet changing needs over time.

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