Designing High-Density Cities: For Social and Environmental by Edward Ng

By Edward Ng

Compact dwelling is sustainable residing. High-density towns can help nearer facilities, inspire decreased journey lengths and using public shipping and hence lessen delivery power expenditures and carbon emissions. High-density making plans additionally is helping to regulate the unfold of city suburbs into open lands, improves potency in city infrastructure and providers, and ends up in environmental advancements that aid greater caliber of lifestyles in towns. Encouraging, even requiring, greater density city improvement is an immense coverage and a vital precept of development administration programmes utilized by planners worldwide. although, such density creates layout demanding situations and difficulties. a set of specialists in all of the similar architectural and making plans components examines those environmental and social matters, and argues that high-density towns are a sustainable answer. it will likely be crucial interpreting for an individual with an curiosity in sustainable city improvement.

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As such, when we talk about high-density living, there is a good possibility that we are talking about different things. Hence, it is very important to bear this diversity in mind. There is a need to expand understanding of the term ‘high density’. In Part I, Vicky Cheng delineates various ways of looking at density in Chapter 1. She argues for a diverse way of looking at perceived density. After all, density is not noticeable unless it is seen. In Chapter 2, Brenda and Robert Vale cast the discourse on high-density living on a wider and perhaps more holistic basis.

Lawson has suggested an evidence-based approach with creativity. Last, but not least, Wong’s chapter recaps some of the key views expressed. Quality city living in a high-density context means that there is a need for balance. High density is not a one-way path, and there is definitely a limit to it. Using the example of wall buildings in Hong Kong, Wong speculates on the idea of eco-density. There is a need for innovation. There are many more socio-economic issues regarding high-density cities and high-density living than a single volume can hope to embrace.

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