I find to be the most powerful/productivesustainable design technique, as I did indeed intend todiscover?
Car-free/pedestrian/slow streets? No. Living rooftops? No again. Urbanparks and gardens, then? No. It’s not quite as simple as all that. Albeit,these crucial elements of a healthy and sound design strategy, theserather obvious components, became quickly eclipsed.
The quarter’s research proffers no definitive, straightforward technique -such as, say, lightweightconcrete, recycled blue-jean insulation, or some other material, nor deep green skyscrapers,public transport, or other lone feature. None are substantial enough to sate my curiosity; assolitary techniques the aforementioned tend to be isolative and limiting, neglecting and evenignoring their surroundings, thereby diminishing potential impact. In other words, these creationsoften become mere pockets of adjustments in an otherwise unaffected cityscape; lonely piecesunable to engage with the puzzle. The city is a complex system; the city -as are all our builtenvironments- is a multi-faceted, interlocking and interacting collection, and it ought to betreated as such.Instead the 'technique' of greatest gravity and potential appears to be threefold and urges us to:
the magnitude and complexity of our cities;
advantageous alternatives andimprovements; and, finally,
; I’ll start from the top.
hat is the city? “Cities are by far the largest creations of humanity (Register, 2006).” That’sdefinitely something. “We’re surrounded by the built environment at almost every moment of theday; it is the frame through which our experiences are filtered.” Continuing: “Operating them has