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Bridging the emotional disconnect between people and cities

September 2, 2014

Bridging the emotional disconnect between people and cities

Urban dwellers who care about conservation and are mindful about reducing energy consumption are a must-have for cities to achieve their sustainabilty goals, say experts at the International Green Building Conference 2014.

An economics-driven approach to urban development will inevitably aim to maximise the value of land area; this has led to the construction of dense, high-rise urban jungles in many countries and resulted in a swathe of identical, generic urban skylines across the globe.
This is no way to create cities that are sustainable or liveable, according to British landscape architect Andrew Grant, one of the key figures behind Singapore’s award-winning park, Gardens by the Bay.

Speaking at a plenary session at the International Green Building Conference on Tuesday, Grant, who founded and heads UK-based architecture firm Grant Associates, said that most urban expansion globally is taking place at the expense of surrounding natural spaces.

Read more at Eco-Business.

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