A Sustainable Urban Morphology for a Greener City: Strategy Applied for a Sustainable Oriented Urban Design

By Shahrooz Vahabzadeh Manesh and Massimo Tadi.

Published by The International Journal of Architectonic, Spatial, and Environmental Design

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This paper sketches out the relationships between urban design and sustainable development. More than half of greenhouse gas emissions are created in and by cities where the majority of population lives and works, where up to 80% of energy is consumed. Urban design principles can address the challenges in a comprehensive way, facilitating the conciliation between development and sustainability.
The most challenging project for any city is to address a both its competitive status and its ecological stewardship. Thus, the paper attempts to establish relationship between energy saving, public transportation development, environmental policies and contemporary urban through research on some new design principles. Indeed, energy, infrastructure, and environment seems to be the new key factors for reaching a sustainable development, as well as to better off the quality of contemporary urban life. The paper outlines the importance of specific subjects for urban design, such as:
• quality of the environment and living standards as a factor of public attraction;
• public transportation efficiency for better sustainable development;
• energy saving policy and its relevance for urban design;

Keywords: Urban Transformation, Sustainable Urban form, Complex Adaptive System, Energy Efficiency

The International Journal of Architectonic, Spatial, and Environmental Design, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp.171-182. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 3.310MB).

Shahrooz Vahabzadeh Manesh

PhD Student, DIAP Department of Architecture and Planning, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Prof. Massimo Tadi

Associate Professor, BEST Department, School of Architectural Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Italy

He teaches Architectural Design at the Faculty of Building Engineering and Architecture at Politecnico di Milano. He applies in the theoretical reflections and illustrative design experiments in order to give an answer to the deep transformations typical of the contemporary towns and territories dealing with the latest process of globalisation. His research works investigates specifics urban strategies for urban transformation oriented to the basic principles of sustainability and energy saving. 
His research applies an holistic methodology to the issue of sustainable development, working on atmospheric emissions reduction, biodiversity conservation, urban sustainable design for Viable Healthy Cities and morphological urban assessments. Applying a multidisciplinary approach the research focuses on how local communities can face the challenges of sustainable development while retaining their cultural and economic identity and how they can participate to achieve the 2020 UE targets.