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Anne Power

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781861346599

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861346599.001.0001

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Future cities: piecing the jigsaw together

Future cities: piecing the jigsaw together

(p.186) (p.187) Nine Future cities: piecing the jigsaw together
Jigsaw cities

Anne Power

John Houghton

Policy Press

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

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