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 programs and regulations already in use in most communities. Ecodesign helps adapt the design of our built environment to both a changing climate and a rapidly growing world, creating more desirable places in the process.
Throughout the book, the ecodesign framework is demonstrated by innovative practices that are already underway or have been accomplished in many cities and suburbs—from Hammarby Sjöstad in Stockholm to False Creek North in Vancouver to Battery Park City in Manhattan, as well as many smaller-scale examples that can be adopted in any community.
Ecodesign thinking is relevant to anyone who has a part in shaping or influencing the future of cities and suburbs – designers, public officials, and politicians.
1 Ecodesign: Combining Sustainability with Creating Attractive Places
2 Adapting to Climate Change, Limiting Global Warming, Designing Sustainable Cities and Regions
3 Balancing Cars and Other Transportation
4 Regulations that Recognize the Natural Environment, Create Compact, Mixed Use Business Centers, and Shape Walkable Neighborhoods
5 Designing and Managing the Public Realm
6 Implementing Ecodesign
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