WIT Press


The Sustainable City - A Human Event, Not A Sculpture

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/SPD030781

Volume

67

Pages

10

Published

2003

Size

672.38 kb

Author(s)

H. Schocken

Abstract

The sustainable city - a human event, not a sculpture H. Schocken The David Azrieli School of Architecture, The Yulanda and David Katz Faculty of the Arts, TeZ Aviv University, Israel. Abstract Sustainability, in its widest sense, implies maximizing the potential for human survival, while minimizing the damage to the environment - i.e. to the atmosphere, to the planet Earth, and to the Universe in which it floats. Yet this definition contains an inner contradiction. Maximization of human survival results in a fast-growing world population, which drains the planet's resources, and which consequently jeopardizes human survival. This contradiction affects all fields of applied human activity such as Medicine, Science, Technology, Economics, Phlosophy, etc. This paper presents a view of sustainability through the lens of urban planning and design: "Intimate Anonymity", a theory of human habitation, argues that the "city" is as natural to humans as a beehive is to bees. The city must draw its phys

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