Design professors detail a new ecodesign framework that integrates urban design with environmental conservation to make cities more desirable, low-carbon, transit-oriented communities. Jonathan Barnett and Larry Beasley seek to demonstrate that a sustainable built and natural environment can be achieved through ecodesign, which integrates the practice of planning and urban design with environmental conservation, through normal business practices and the kinds of capital programmes and regulations already in use in most communities. In six comprehensively illustrated chapters, the authors explain ecodesign concepts, including the importance of preserving and restoring natural systems while also adapting to climate change; minimizing congestion on highways and at airports by making development more compact, and by making it easier to walk, cycle, and take trains and mass transit; crafting and managing regulations to ensure better place making and fulfil consumer preferences while incentivizing preferred practices; creating an inviting and environmentally responsible public realm from parks to streets to forgotten spaces; and finally, how to implement these ecodesign concepts.
Publisher: Island Press
Number of pages: 280
Weight: 1066 g
Dimensions: 254 x 216 x 20 mm
Edition: 2nd ed.
"With the global 'urban century' in full swing, will cities old and new, central and suburban, become more sustainable and delightful? With Ecodesign for Cities and Suburbs, Barnett and Beasley show us that the answer is certainly yes. Their insightful approach can and must be ours."--Ethan Seltzer, Professor, Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning, Portland State University
"A clarion call for a new normal in urban, suburban, and regional design."
"The book is a comprehensive overview of the diverse challenges our cities and suburbs face, offering practical planning and urban design solutions for transforming our urban growth model today...Overall, this is a valuable, informative book for the planning community that advances theory into practice, and that inspires new approaches to pivotal planning issues."
"[EcoDesign for Cities and Suburbs] is both practical and fascinating."--Real Estate News Exchange