Achieving Sustainable Urban Form by Elizabeth Burton, Mike Jenks, Katie Williams

By Elizabeth Burton, Mike Jenks, Katie Williams

Attaining Sustainable city shape represents a massive increase within the sustainable improvement debate. It offers study which defines parts of sustainable city shape - density, dimension, configuration, precise layout and caliber - from macro to micro scale. Case experiences from Europe, the united states and Australia are used to demonstrate solid perform in the fields of making plans, city layout and structure.

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The trend marked a shift in the way urban property was developed and was made possible by the emergence of convenient, privately built streetcar lines that gave future residents access to the downtown employment base. The emergent neighborhoods were master planned at one time and included building lots for tightly packed single-family homes, apartments, and accessible retail, set within a grid pattern that mixed rectilinear and curvilinear streets and blocks. The American streetcar suburb was born, as was the era of developer-led urbanization.

The core of this system has been in place for almost 100 years, and in most communities it is starting to show its age and is due for an upgrade. The task of those involved with building towns and cities today is to reintegrate the software so that a better hardware continues to emerge, one that improves the lives of residents and the experience for visitors and leads to economic success for business owners. That being said, the inherent tension between the government and the governed is as old as cities themselves.

We include many innovative and inspiring projects throughout the book, but chapter 4 focuses on five stories that best exemplify the power of Tactical Urbanism: Intersection Repair, Guerrilla Wayfinding, Build a Better Block, Parkmaking, and Pavement to Plazas. These tactics may be familiar to some readers, but we’re willing to bet that even the most seasoned Tactical Urbanist will discover something new. Indeed, each tactic has a compelling origin story that contextualizes why the projects were developed, how they were executed, the lessons learned through implementation, and the impact they’ve had locally, nationally, and even internationally.

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