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Urban form, policy packaging and sustainable urban metabolism

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Simin Davoudi, Professor John Sturzaker



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Since the inception of modern urban planning in the early 20th century, numerous urban planning policies have been introduced that seek to steer urban form towards desired patterns. Some have explicitly focused on promoting energy efficient urban forms to reduce carbon emissions and contribute to sustainable urban metabolism. Despite the proliferation of such policies, ‘unsustainable’ trends, such as urban sprawl and long distance car-based commuting, continue and in some cases are worsening. In this paper, we aim to explore the limited success of a number of influential urban planning policies in Europe and North America in trying to steer urban form towards a more sustainable path. Our aim is to identify their potential common shortcomings and suggest a number of principles which may help formulating more effective policy packages for sustainable urban metabolism.

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Author(s): Davoudi S, Sturzaker J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Resources, Conservation and Recycling

Year: 2017

Volume: 120

Pages: 55-64

Print publication date: 01/05/2017

Online publication date: 05/02/2017

Acceptance date: 21/01/2017

Date deposited: 20/02/2017

ISSN (print): 0921-3449

ISSN (electronic): 1879-0658

Publisher: Elsevier


DOI: 10.1016/j.resconrec.2017.01.011


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