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The Language of Towns and Cities: A Visual Dictionary
Dhiru Thadani, Congress for the New Urbanism
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Urbanism: The Prescriptive Remedy to Global Crises (Conference Paper/Presentation)
Title: Urbanism: The Prescriptive Remedy to Global Crises
Author: Dhiru A. Thadani
Abstract: In this tsunami of global crises, which includes exploding global population, climate change, peak oil, public health, and adequate housing for burgeoning single households, planning is more important then ever to ensure a sustainable livelihood for future generations. These seemingly independent crises have all reached their tipping point in the beginning of the 21st century and many countries are looking at high-capital technological solutions to resolve these crises. These technocratic responses will be unable to solve the problems in their entirety.
Physical planning merged with geographic, political, social and economic strategies are necessary to combat the challenges that lie ahead. Energy required to move from building to building is far greater than the energy requirements to cool and heat individual buildings. The solution lies in the creations of walkable neighborhoods and the densification of existing settlements. To this end the development of objective criteria to evaluate which settlements should be retrofitted is essential.
The planning profession needs to be at the forefront of cost-effective solutions that yield value, provide safety, create community, and offer the populace an alternate lifestyle that is more desirable than the current market place dream of privacy, exclusivity, and segregation.
Primary URL: www.cnu.org
Conference Name: Congress for the New Urbanism Annual Conference
Urbanism: The Prescriptive Remedy for Global Crisis (Conference Paper/Presentation)
Title: Urbanism: The Prescriptive Remedy for Global Crisis
Author: Dhiru A. Thadani
Abstract: 3. More energy is utilized moving between buildings, than used for heating and cooling buildings. The architecture profession has concentrated on improving the building envelope and reducing energy consumption within individual buildings. This approach will only solve half the problem. The principles and techniques of urban design embody solutions to partially solve crises such as the exploding global population, climate change, peak oil, public health, and adequate housing for burgeoning single households. This session will explore urban design solutions that are needed to supplement high-capital technological solutions.
Primary URL: http://www.aiava.org/event/dhiru-thadani-to-present-third-annnual-gulak-lecture-at-vcu/
Conference Name: Third Annnual Gulak Lecture at VCU