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.
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Seven Rules for Sustainable Communities
How city design can help save the planet. First in a series from a vital new urban planning handbook.
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.
Why a Streetcar Is Something to Be Desired
Rule 1 for sustainable communities: Restore the streetcar city.
Cul-de-sacs: Dead Ends in More Ways Than One
Rule 2 for sustainable communities: Design an interconnected street system.
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.
You Don't Have to Spend Your Life Stuck in Traffic
Rule 4 for sustainable communities: Locate good jobs close to affordable homes.
Why 'Illegal' Suites Are Good for the Planet
Rule 5 for sustainable communities: Provide a diversity of housing types.
When Neighbourhoods Work With Nature
Rule 6 for sustainable communities: Create a linked system of natural areas and parks.
Why Cheaper Streets Are Smarter Streets
Rule 7 for sustainable communities: invest in lighter, greener, cheaper, smarter infrastructure.
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.