Sustainability/Urban planning

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Partizánske in Slovakia – an example of a typical planned European industrial city.

Urban planning is a technical and political process concerned with the development and use of land, planning permission, protection and use of the environment, public welfare, and the design of the urban environment, including air, water, and the infrastructure passing into and out of urban areas, such as transportation, communications, and distribution networks.[1]

Introduction[edit | edit source]

Urban, city, or town planning is the discipline of land use planning which explores several aspects of the built and social environments of municipalities and communities. Other professions deal in more detail with a smaller scale of development, namely architecture, landscape architecture and urban design. Regional planning deals with a still larger environment, at a less detailed level.

In the nineteenth century, urban planning became influenced by the newly formalized disciplines of architecture and civil engineering, which began to codify both rational and stylistic approaches to solving city problems through physical design. However since the 1960's the domain of urban planning has expanded to include economic development planning, community social planning and environmental planning.

In the 20th century, part of the task of urban planning became urban renewal, and re-invigorating inner cities by adapting urban planning methods to existing cities, some with much long-term infrastructural decay.

The continuous search for utopia by architects and urban planners sees no limitations. The search for the ideal state has been on-going for generations of designers. Here, we focus on some of the key issues that you should explore.

Urban utopias[edit | edit source]

  • Advanced Architectural and Urban Design
  • Sustainable Building Technology in Future Cities
  • Contemporary Utopian Theories
  • The Safe and Accessible Environment
  • Aesthetic Experience of Architecture in the Urban Context
  • Philosophy and Theory of Urbanism and Conservation
  • Bio-Contextual Building Technologies
  • Next Generation Urban Infrastructure
  • Sustainable Development and the Ecology of Cities
  • Energy Effcient Public Housing and New Town Design
  • Terrorist Free Cities

Communications and technological applications[edit | edit source]

When there are number of bureaus in a bureaucratic system, inevitably communication be comes difficult. Effective communication in a bureaucratic system helps allow for maximum efficiency to be achieved within that system. Maximum efficiency will allow for the best service to the people that a certain bureaucratic system is serving. They are "public servants" after all.

Technological applications
  • GIS and remote sensing
  • Applocation of internet for opinion survey and data gathering
  • Mobile survey devices
  • Advanced programming for Optamization(Ant Colony & Swan Method)
  • Simulation

Readings[edit | edit source]

Discussion questions and essay ideas?[edit | edit source]

  • How can homelessness best be reduced in urban areas?

See Also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]