Sustainable urban form – the modern structure of walkable cities

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It is 50 years since the publication of Jane Jacobs’s book The Death and Life of Great American Cities, yet Michael Mehaffy’s recent lecture on ‘Sustainable Urban Form: The Modern Structure of Walkable Cities’ demonstrated that its messages are still relevant.

Sustainable placemaking requires us to re-consider how we live and how cities are organised. Mehaffy challenged theories of city making which have resulted in unsustainable urban forms, and illustrated that effective strategies exist for regenerating and making sustainable places based on a common-sense concept of walkability and an evidence-based approach that operates at the right scales and creates a framework that aids complex, healthy, self-organising urban growth.

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