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  • Author(s)Rachel Cooper / Graeme Evans / Christopher Boyko
  • Edition1
  • Published14th August 2009
  • PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons (UK)
  • ISBN
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, 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.

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