Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Neighbourhood planning and sustainability: mutually exclusive?

Popular opinion amongst planners and environmentalists is that neighbourhood planning and climate change don’t go together. Taking my usual outlook on things I would agree. But is that necessarily true and what does it mean for the rest of the principles behind localism and planning? In this post I look at choices and decision-making in the context of localism and sustainability. I think there is a way to nudge people into making the best decision for themselves and the planet.

Localism isn’t just about devolving decision-making. It’s about the idea that people need and want to be involved in providing services and being active in their community.  Thanks to a nef paper on localism (reference below), I’ve been able to broaden my thinking about what this means for people and the decisions they can make about the places they live in.

read more posts about urban sustainablility:

Urban Form and Sustainability of a Hot Humid City of Kuala Lumpur

The Human Benefits of Green Building

Urbanization and Environmental Sustainability

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