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Encyclopedia > Sustainable urban infrastructure

Sustainable urban infrastructure is a term used to describe infrastructure that facilitates a place or regions progress towards the goal of sustainable living. Attention is paid to technological and government policy which enables urban planning for sustainable architecture. In theory, a sustainable design can lead to the development of sustainable communities. Region can be used to mean either: any more or less well-defined geographical area of a country or continent, defined by geography, culture or history in political geography, an administrative subdivision of a country or of the European Union. ... Progress can refer to: The idea of a process in which societies or individuals become better or more modern (technologically and/or socially). ... Sustainable living might best be defined as a lifestyle that could, hypothetically, be sustained unmodified for many generations without exhausting any natural resources. ... } the surface of the planet for the first time and explore space. ... A policy is a plan of action for tackling issues. ... Urban planning is concerned with the ordering and design of settlements, from the smallest towns to the worlds largest cities. ... Sustainable architecture is building design that takes into account all aspects of the building that will affect and be affected by the environment. ... Sustainable design is the art of designing physical objects to comply with the principles of economic, social, and ecological sustainability. ... Sustainable communities are communities planned, built, or modified to promote sustainable living. ...

The criteria for what can be included in this category varies from place to place, given differences in existing infrastructure and built form, climate and availability of local resources or talents.

Generally speaking the following could be considered sustainable urban infrastructure:

The design emphasis for a sustainable urban infrastructure is on localization and a reduction in an individual's ecological footprint according to the principles of sustainable development. A taxi serving as a bus Public transport comprises all transport systems in which the passengers do not travel in their own vehicles. ... Energy demand management is often referred to also as demand side management (DSM). ... Usually considered in the context of the applied arts, engineering, architecture, and other such creative endeavours, design is used as both a noun and a verb. ... Localization can mean any of the following: Generally, localization is the determination of the locality (position) of an object. ... Sustainable development is a process of developing (land, cities, business, communities, etc) that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs according to the Brundtland Report, a 1987 report from the United Nations. ...

See also

Environmental design refers to taking environmental concerns into consideration in the design process. ... New urbanism is an urban design movement that became very popular beginning in the 1980s and early 1990s. ... Regional planning is a branch of planning that deals with the design and efficient placement of activities and infrastructure across a significantly large area of land. ... High density development in Cambridge, Massachusetts stimulated by Alewife subway station (right foreground) and TOD zoning. ...


External links

  • Canada's National Round Table on the Environment and Economy suggestions re: sustainable urban infrastructure
  • Canada's National Round Table on the Environment and Economy Sustainable Cities Initiative

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Urban planning - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (2592 words)
Urban planning is concerned with the ordering and design of settlements, from the smallest towns to the world's largest cities.
Urban, city, or town planning is the discipline of land use planning which deals with the physical, social, and economic development of metropolitan regions, municipalities and neighbourhoods.
An urban planner is likely to use a number of Quantitative tools to forecast impacts of development on a variety of environmental concerns including roadway air dispersion models to predict air quality impacts of urban highways and roadway noise models to predict noise pollution effects of urban highways.
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