Organicity: Utopia, or a new model for sustainable urban development?

Jones, Paul and Dobereiner, David (2017) Organicity: Utopia, or a new model for sustainable urban development? Construction Research and Innovation, 8 (2). pp. 41-48. ISSN 2045-0249

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Urban design now recognises the need for alternatives to soulless and dispiriting residential developments located far from jobs, schools, shops, leisure and social opportunities. There is a rising awareness, too, that in its quest for short-term returns, conventional speculative property development passes onto communities the long-term risks of biodiversity loss, social fragmentation, environmental degradation, energy and transport costs, and more. Explored here is a prototype for an alternative model to residential development that puts holistic resilience and sustainability first. In these compact “urban cells”, cars have been designed out. Work is local and self-sufficiency in power, water and food is possible. Social cohesion is allowed to emerge. Importantly, the financial instruments needed to seed and grow such communities already exist.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: K400 Planning (Urban, Rural and Regional)
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Architecture and Built Environment
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2018 14:47
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2019 17:46

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