Eco Cities Becoming Reality

A panel of experts met in Los Angeles last month to discuss 'eco' cities in terms both abstract and practical.

The panel featured, among others, former L.A. City Planning Director Gail Goldberg, Dean of the USC School of Architecture Qingyun Ma, and AECOM Principal of Building Engineering Alastair MacGregor:

"A new city is fundamentally two efforts: one is creating density and the other is providing mobility. Density and mobility are the fundamental dimensions of the 'eco' performance of the city." -Qingyun Ma, Dean of the USC School of Architecture

"Through our sustainable systems integrated method of planning cities, we adopted a whole systems approach, which allowed us to take not only those three things into consideration, but also to look at the urban form, the connectivity between components, and to really step back at the master planning level, look at three or four different master plans for the same community, and find out which of them has the greatest inherent sustainability about it." -Alastair MacGregor, Principal of Building Engineering, AECOM

Thanks to James Brasuell

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Edward Jepson

Related to this, a paper that I co-authored revealed planners in the U.S. to generally have a vague impression about ecological city development but that their support for it increases as their familiarity increases. A clear need is indicated for more coverage of the topic in planning practice journals. (see Jepson, E.J. and M.M. Edwards (2010) How possible is sustainable development? An analysis of planners perceptions about new urbanism, smart growth and the ecological city, Planning Practice and Research 25,4: 417-437)

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