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The Ecological City and City Effect: Essays on the Urban Planning Requirements for the Sustainable City

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Series: Studies in Green Research Series

By: Franco Archibugi


Hardback | Dec 1998 | #84495 | ISBN: 1859726534
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A collection of essays which are designed to provide methodological illustration of the urbanistic foundations of an ecological policy. These essays focus on subjects such as the causes of the degradation of the urban environment; strategies for recovery in the city and their public spaces; the relationship between urban planning and ecology; prerequisites for planning the ecological city; eco-equilibrium and territorial planning; and the final chapter focuses on the Ten-Year Plan for the Environment of the Italian Ministry of the Environment (1992).


Preface - the ecological city - reality and mystification. Part 1 A strategy for the modern city - research lines aimed at the identification of "optimal centrality": the definition of the current urban problem; two situation typologies in western urban geography; the potential alternative solutions; the dossier of parameters to be transferred in terms of reference; the suggested approach - searching for the optimal centrality; the search for optimal centrality and the abstract theories of city economics; the imperative research approach; the definition of optimal centrality and its constituent parameters; the components of centrality as found in the current western urban situation; configuring an articulation of optimal centralities; conclusion. Part 2 The degradation of the urban environment - the planological approach: general considerations on the degradation of the urban environment; the degradation of the urban environemnt in relation to its factors (or causes); urban degradation in relation to any city topology; urban degradation in relation to the stages of urbanization; the degradation of the urban environment from the point of view of the goals of "environmental well-being"; the urban eco-system evaluation; the planological approach - programme structure and urban indicators. Part 3 Centralities and peripheries - a new strategy for the recovery of the urban environment: the city and its public spaces; the decline of public spaces and the disequilibrium of loads; two typical, inadequate responses - zoning and traffic engineering; the loss of centrality in small and medium-sized towns; outlines of a new policy of recovery of the urban environment; the question of "modernity" in urban planning. Part 4 Urban planning and ecology - what relationship?: urban planning and ecology - a promised marriage never consummated or a case of hermaphroditism; planning and ecology - some postulates; the methodological prerequisites in the planning of the ecological city; application to the case of a policy of urban "sustainability". Part 5 The "urban mobility integrated basin" - a prerequisite of rational planning: the "urban mobility integrated basin" (UMIB); the policy-oriented demand or urban transport; general approach to the definition of urban planning objectives; the UMIB accessibility system; operational specification of objectives - the use of multi-criteria decision-making analysis; concluding remarks. Part 6 The urban labour basin - misleading formulations: an interpretative definition of the labour market basin; an operational definition of the labour market basin; a definition of the labour market basin on the basis of an integrated approach; the measurement of the integrated objective-function; the optimal dimension of the labour basin; the "urban" labour basin functional to labour management. Part 7 The land-use/resources matrix - an instrument for environmental planning: why a land-use/resources matrix (LURM)? (Part contents)

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