Future cities: piecing the jigsaw together

Anne Power and John Houghton

in Jigsaw cities

Published by Policy Press

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9781861346599
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302636 | DOI:
Future cities: piecing the jigsaw together

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This chapter explores three final conditions: environmental sustainability; mixing existing communities; and changing ways of running cities. It explains that smart growth, neighbourhood renewal, and these three conditions redirect our energies away from grand, sweeping plans to something more finely tuned, more careful, more respectful of what is already there and what the wider environment can support. It suggests that environmental damage can be reversed and more people can be drawn into cities through well-designed public space within the built environment. It states that the critical challenges within existing communities are threefold: to upgrade homes and environments to the point where they counter the attraction of new-build communities; to add with immense care the buildings needed within the spaces that are bare; and to make each existing and new home into a highly insulated, energy-efficient micro-generator and recycler. It also shows why mixed communities and devolution can make cities work.

Keywords: environmental sustainability; existing communities; built environment; smart growth; neighbourhood renewal; environmental damage; public space

Chapter.  11938 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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