WIT Press


Urban Oases: A Versatile Paradigm

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/UT000171

Volume

49

Pages

10

Published

2000

Size

1,636 kb

Author(s)

R. Warren

Abstract

With exponential increases projected in world population, new models for develop- ment must aim toward ecological sustainability, as well as social civility. This calls for containment of growth in compact communities that are walkable and ideally more environmentally benign than most of our cities today. For as urban areas have expanded over the past century, they have been severely degraded by the effects of motor traffic, becoming immense and unrelieved agglomerations of paved land, over- whelming and disheartening to the individual, discouraging to a shared public life. Within each metropolis, vast or small, an emphasis needs to be focused on the quality and design of local spaces. Given the enormous spacial requirements of con- ventional automobiles, a key to improving the physical environment lies in allotting preference to human-scaled modes of transport within commu

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