GGRA03H3 Lecture Notes - Lecture 12: Intergenerational Equity, Urban Density, Stormwater

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Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Lecture 12
Sustainable City Debates
- cities are path-dependent
- important to recognize city patterns
- cities are code-generated; continuous, never-ending movement of standardized
Sustainable Cities Idea
- cities = key to environmental sustainability (idea draws on sustainable
development; doesn't compromise to meet future needs)
- inter-generational equity
- intra-generational equity
- transfrontier responsibility
- "sustainable development is a development that improves the long-term health
of human and ecological systems" (Wheeler 1998)
- can policy and city planning actually help to make cities more sustainable?
- we know that current cities are unsustainable
Urban Sustainability Issues
- Energy use
- Co2 emissions
- Water consumption
- Resource consumption
- Waste production
- Storm water surges
---- All are URBAN FORMS
What is Urban Form?
- "the spatial arrangement of activities in a city, the resulting spatial flows of
people, goods, and information and the physical features which shape activities,
including buildings, surfaces, transport and other infrastructure systems"
- urban form = hot political issue at start of 21st century
Sustainable Urban Form?
- urban density, land use mix, etc.
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