Compact living is sustainable living. High-density cities can
support closer amenities, encourage reduced trip lengths and the
use of public transport and therefore reduce transport energy costs
and carbon emissions. High-density planning also helps to control
the spread of urban suburbs into open lands, improves efficiency in
urban infrastructure and services, and results in environmental
improvements that support higher quality of life in cities.
Encouraging, even requiring, higher density urban development is a
major policy and a central principle of growth management
programmes used by planners around the world. However, such density
creates design challenges and problems. A collection of experts in
each of the related architectural and planning areas examines these
environmental and social issues, and argues that high-density
cities are a sustainable solution. It will be essential reading for
anyone with an interest in sustainable urban development.
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