Sustainable Urban Fabric Case Studies
A series of 18 contemporary examples were chosen mostly in London to highlight current best practice of sustainable design. The 18 examples summarise the key constitutes of a living urban fabric. This ranges from the individual home to the urban park in scale.
The selection of the schemes has been based on the following:
- Re-use parts of the city previously used
- Density: looking at the limits of how quality can still be maintained at high densities.
- Create places that add character and offer amenity so that the occupants and local community become attached to these places and become involved in sustaining it.
- Integrate with, or enhance local landscaping and agriculture.
- Use passive strategies to minimise energy use and give occupants a closer relationship with landscape.
- Integrate renewable energy measures to minimise use of fossil fuels.
- Take part in dealing with recycling of waste and minimising pollution.
Not all of the schemes achieve all levels, but all are considered as seminal examples of contemporary urban architecture, that are loved by their occupants and admired around the world.
The aim is to use these buildings as precedent of what can be done when faced with creating new parts of London, and build on them to create carbon neutral and ecological benign futures.
The ecomatrix illustarted