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Urban development and sustainability

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Neil Thorpe


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The original motivation for this themed issue of ‘Urban Design and Planning’ on Urban Development and Sustainability was prompted by a key question that often faces today’s academics and practitioners: by how far, and through what means, can our towns and cities be planned for the future to promote social inclusivity, economic efficiency and environmental sustainability? These objectives may often be complementary but may also be sometimes in competition when designing urban systems. Perceptions of their relative importance can also often vary significantly over time and space. Indeed, it may be argued that, over the lifetime of this particular themed issue, we have already witnessed a noticeable shift towards prioritising economic sustainability over environmental and social issues due to the current global economic crisis. These changing priorities only add to the many challenges already faced by urban designers and planners.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Thorpe N

Publication type: Editorial

Publication status: Published

Journal: Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Urban Design and Planning

Year: 2011

Volume: 164

Issue: DP2

Pages: 55-56

Print publication date: 01/06/2011

ISSN (print): 1755-0793

ISSN (electronic): 1755-0807

Publisher: Institution of Civil Engineers


DOI: 10.1680/udap.2011.164.2.55