WIT Press


Sustainable Cities: Future Challenges And Research Issues

Price

Free (open access)

Volume

39

Pages

9

Published

2000

Size

975 kb

Paper DOI

10.2495/URS000011

Copyright

WIT Press

Author(s)

G. Mattrisch

Abstract

Sustainable cities: future challenges and research issues G. Mattrisch DaimlerChrysler "Society and Technology " Research Group Berlin/Palo Alto I. Sustainability and the Global Agglomeration Process The history of mankind has lasted for about 500 000 years, for 5000 of which towns and cities have played a major role. During this history mankind has created a fascinating variety of different urban living spaces, indicating important phases and milestones of the civilization process. Moreover, the history of cities is a story of recurrent societal and cultural problems and conflicts, which were often as crucial ages ago as they are today. The urban fabric is an example of man shaping his environment. It is a 3-D-language of signs, providing comprehensive information on living-conditions, of cultural, economic and ecological developments. But how can this language be read and understood? (1) One of my basic assumptions with regards to the "Sustainable City" issue is that it

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