SIXTH SYMPOSIUM ON THE FUTURE OF CONURBATION TRANSPORT VI. TRANSPORTATION IMPLICATIONS OF THE NEW URBAN FORMS WHICH MAY EMERGE TOWARDS THE END OF CENTURY

The inter-dependance of transport and urban form has now been recognised, and transport may well hold the key to the future of cities. Within existing urban areas one looks to better transport management integrated into whatever new developments the city can afford. Examples from the universities are indicative of the kinds of urban form that may contribute to this integration, with particular thought given to circulation and the possibility of connections between buildings. The author envisages a number of possible modes of life outside existing urban areas, such as a high density layout in country club style, a more modest suburban dispersion, and communal life in self-sufficient communities. Experimental developments of this type must be evaluated, and uncertainty in forecasting their transportation implications reduced if possible. The government should give a lead in the area of greatest uncertainty, that of resources. Energy shortages are seen as likely to affect building forms as much as transport modes, and the survivability of settlement patterns may depend on low energy consumption rates. Already experimental houses are being designed to re-cycle domestic waste, and forms of self-sufficient agricultural communities exist in America. Survival through the energy crisis might depend on this built form with walking and the horse as the means of transport. For covering abstract of the conference see IRRD abstract no. 216149. /TRRL/

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    Manchester University, England

    Department of Extra-Mural Studies, Holly Royal College
    Manchester M60 1QD,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Cassidy, M
  • Publication Date: 1972-10

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  • Accession Number: 00131429
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Conf Paper
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: May 14 1976 12:00AM