Contradictions of Sustainable Urban Development: The Choice of Compact City Development Approach
ITPI Journal 5(2): 55-59
5 Pages Posted: 16 Apr 2013
Date Written: June 2008
Compact city development has emerged as a consensual choice among the policy debaters as it leads to sustainability of urban development through reducing energy consumption and related emission reduction. The cities in the East are often cited as examples of how they have been able to sustain high densities in the cities without intruding into much of the hinterland. However, this theory has been debated afresh with the citation of omissions and survey of the cities in the West. On the other hand, the developing countries in the South have been growing steadily and increasingly urbanized due to the onset of demographic transition. The paper brings forth the dilemmas of city managers, policy and decision makers about the right choices to the path and policies of urban development so that it becomes sustainable from all perspectives. The paper attempts to set out the variation of conditions and the appropriate parameters that would predominantly influence the policy choices and thereby try to analyze this divide.
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