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Garden City Mega City is a timely and challenging book for anyone concerned by the global consequences of the unsustainable growth of those cities. City planning and architecture are no longer the preserve of specialists, as the biggest decisions must be made by the community at large.Only two percent of the planet's land area is urbanised, but that two percent consumes eighty percent of our energy. The fossil-fuelled energy consumption of our cities is destroying the planet.Garden City Mega City illustrates the depressing realities of life in the mega cities, and documents the ill-advised planning decisions that created such blighted environments. But Garden City Mega City also proposes a way to escape what now appears to be an inevitable fate, one of terminal dysfunctionThe mega cities have been re-imagined as 21st century garden cities...dense and vertical, yet sociable and sustainable.The fundamental strategies and principles of these new garden cities are explained and illustrated, as are WOHA's large-scale prototypes, many of which have already been built.The Self-Sufficient City - the ultimate 21st century city - is presented in detail.Garden City Mega City includes a Rating Cities set of measurements, which can be used to assess the social and ecological value of urban developments.

 

Details

ISBN: 9789814428064
Series:Garden City Mega City: Rethinking Cities for the Age of Global Warming
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 384
Publication Date: 17 May 2016
Publisher: Pesaro Publishing
Publication City, Country: Balmain, Australia
Dimensions (cm): 25(H) x 20(L)

 

Reviews

From the New York Times - This book uses projects from the Singapore-basd architecture firm WOHA to explore the challenges of urban development, particularly in densely packed tropical cities. WOHA has earned a worldwide reputation for innovative techniques that emphasise green space, healthy living and other amenities in its skyscrapers. The book focuses on construction techniques that minimise the environmental impact of tall buildings and dense new cities...aim to influence construction norms with an eye toward more environmentally friendly techniques for high-rise and urban landscapes. WOHA are well known for designing tropical towers enveloped by nature, vertical villages with sky gardens, breezeway and elevated parks.

 

Author Biography

Patrick Bingham-Hall is the author of numerous book on Architecture.WOHA Architects was founded by Wong Mun Summ and Richard Hassell in Singapore in 1994. Wong was born in 1962 and graduated from the National University of Singapore in 1989, whilst Hassell was born in 1966 and graduated from the University of Western Australia in 1989.

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