Seven Rules for Sustainable Communities

Patrick Condon

Patrick Condon, author of Seven Rules for Sustainable Communities: Design Strategies for the Post Carbon World.

Excerpts from the book Seven Rules for Sustainable Communities: Design Strategies for the Post Carbon World by University of British Columbia urban planning professor Patrick Condon. This self-help guide for the planet lays out seven interconnected steps to a more sustainable world. Condon holds the James Taylor Chair in Landscape and Liveable Environments.

In This Series


Freeway on ramps

Seven Rules for Sustainable Communities

How city design can help save the planet. First in a series from a vital new urban planning handbook.

By Patrick M. Condon, 15 Sep 2010


Author Patrick Condon

A Self-help Guide for the Planet

Changing the way we build our cities is essential to stopping global warming, says 'Seven Rules' author Patrick Condon.

By Tom Barrett, 15 Sep 2010


Streetcar in Portland

Why a Streetcar Is Something to Be Desired

Rule 1 for sustainable communities: Restore the streetcar city.

By Patrick M. Condon, 16 Sep 2010


Big suburbs, black and white

Cul-de-sacs: Dead Ends in More Ways Than One

Rule 2 for sustainable communities: Design an interconnected street system.

By Patrick M. Condon, 22 Sep 2010


Kitsilano walkers

How to Get People Out of Their Cars

Rule 3 for sustainable communities: Locate commercial services, frequent transit and schools within a five-minute walk.

By Patrick M. Condon, 23 Sep 2010


Car rage woman

You Don't Have to Spend Your Life Stuck in Traffic

Rule 4 for sustainable communities: Locate good jobs close to affordable homes.

By Patrick M. Condon, 29 Sep 2010


Vancouver homes

Why 'Illegal' Suites Are Good for the Planet

Rule 5 for sustainable communities: Provide a diversity of housing types.

By Patrick M. Condon, 30 Sep 2010



When Neighbourhoods Work With Nature

Rule 6 for sustainable communities: Create a linked system of natural areas and parks.

By Patrick M. Condon, 6 Oct 2010


Oregon raingarden

Why Cheaper Streets Are Smarter Streets

Rule 7 for sustainable communities: invest in lighter, greener, cheaper, smarter infrastructure.

By Patrick M. Condon, 7 Oct 2010



Seven Rules for Right Here, BC's Lower Mainland

The author of 'Seven Rules for Sustainable Communities' adapts his formula to fit BC's most populous region. Last in a series.

By Patrick M. Condon, 13 Oct 2010

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