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The Hidden Potential of Sustainable Neighborhoods

Lessons from Low-Carbon Communities

Fraker, Harrison

2013, XVIII, 230 p.


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  • First book to quantify these sustainable community models
  • Clear and extensive application of lessons learned from these European models to the US
  • Four-color graphic treatment helps to inspire and show what is possible in designing US communities for a low-carbon future
  • Many of the topics in the book, namely distributed energy systems, have been in the news as a step to consider towards greater resilience since Hurricane Sandy

How do you achieve effective low-carbon design beyond the building level? How do you create a community that is both livable and sustainable? More importantly, how do you know if you have succeeded? Harrison Fraker goes beyond abstract principles to provide a clear, in-depth evaluation of four first generation low-carbon neighborhoods in Europe, and shows how those lessons can be applied to the U.S. Using concrete performance data to gauge successes and failures, he presents a holistic model based on best practices.

The four case studies are: Bo01 and Hammarby in Sweden, and Kronsberg and Vauban in Germany. Each was built deliberately to conserve resources: all are mixed-used, contain at least 1,000 units, and have aggressive goals for energy and water efficiency, recycling, and waste treatment.

For each case study, Fraker explores the community's development process and  goals and objectives as they relate to urban form, transportation, green space, energy, water and waste systems, and a social agenda. For each model, he looks at overall performance and lessons learned.
Later chapters compare the different strategies employed by the case-study communities and develop a comprehensive model of sustainability, looking specifically at how these lessons can be employed in the United States, with a focus on retrofitting existing communities. This whole-systems approach promises not only a smaller carbon footprint, but an enriched form of urban living. 
The Hidden Potential of Sustainable Neighborhoods will be especially useful for urban designers, architects, landscape architects, land use planners, local policymakers and NGOs, citizen activists, students of urban design, planning, architecture, and landscape architecture.

Content Level » Upper undergraduate

Keywords » Climate-responsive design - Neighborhood design - Resilience - Stormwater management - Sustainability

Related subjects » Global Change - Climate Change - Sustainable Development

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Chapter 1. Introduction

Chapter 2. Bo01, Malmö, Sweden

Chapter 3. Hammarby Sjöstad, Stockholm, Sweden

Chapter 4. Kronsberg, Hannover, Germany

Chapter 5. Vauban, Freiburg, Germany

Chapter 6. Observations across Neighborhoods

Chapter 7. A Road Map for the United States and Beyond

Chapter 8. Conclusion



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