URBAN DESIGN IN THE CONTEXT OF ACHIEVING ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY THROUGH ECOSYSTEMS ANALYSIS

Four levels of urban design encountered in North America are compared: I flat earth planning (assumes that the land is flat and man is free to impose his design on it to achieve certain perdetermined patterns); II contour planning (topography is taken into account). III feature or constraint planning (physical and symbolic landscape features are identified and integrated into the design or considered as constraints); and IV ecosystem planning (a multi disciplinary approach which includes ecoplanning which views the urbanized landscape as having 3 major subsystems, namely, historical, abiotic and biotic). A 455-acre subdivision of the city of Waterloo (Ontario) is used to show how the urbanization of an agricultural area on the edge of a city of 40,000 people would be designed if these four approaches were followed. Key environmental quality design questions are formulated which may be asked prior to subdivision approval is granted.

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    IPC Building and Contract Journals Limited

    32 Southwark Bridge Road
    London SE1 9EX,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Dorney, R S
    • Rich, S G
  • Publication Date: 1976-5

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 28-48
  • Serial:
    • CONTRACT JOURNAL
    • Volume: 8
    • Issue Number: 2
    • Publisher: Reed Business Information, Limited
    • ISSN: 0010-7859

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00135932
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 16 1976 12:00AM