Sustainable design - sustainable cities

Sustainable design - sustainable cities

Why sustainable designs/sustainable cities?

The overall human settlement objective is to improve the social, economic and environmental quality of human settlements and the living and working environments of all people, in particular the urban and rural poor. Such improvement should be based on technical cooperation activities, partnerships among the public, private and community sectors and participation in the decision-making process by community groups and special interest groups such as women, indigenous people, the elderly and the disabled. These approaches should form the core principles of national settlement strategies. In developing these strategies, countries will need to set priorities among the eight programme areas in this chapter in accordance with their national plans and objectives, taking fully into account their social and cultural capabilities. Furthermore, countries should make appropriate provision to monitor the impact of their strategies on marginalized and disenfranchised groups, with particular reference to the needs of women.

Key questions for this area

If you are studying or teaching human settlements, or are looking to add content to your unit, the following are some key questions you should be able to answer or consider:

  • What is environmentally sustainable building design?
  • At what level/s does sustainable human settlement need to be managed?
  • How does land use and planning fit into sustainable human settlements
  • Is it possible to provide adequate and sustainable shelter for all?
  • Are there any examples of sustainable cities?
  • What impact do cities have on environmental and social sustainability?

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