Uses of public spaces and urban revitalization

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Cities are bringing together activities and services that define a particular urban life. The morphological characteristics of the urban structure, the distribution of activities, socioeconomic capital and mobility are some of the main aspects that condition life styles and have an impact on the wider urban context. Ecological urbanism has arisen as an alternative management process for cities, with emphasis on both efficiency and liveability in guiding urban contexts towards less environmental impact and greater quality of life. Applying sustainability criteria in urbanism has become inherent to planning and urban management in many cities. These cities have devised sustainable urban policies and are in the process of implementing them. Most of the measures are focused on reducing environmental impacts and improving quality of life. A holistic vision of applying sustainability criteria means that planning is focussing on prevention and adjustment in response to fundamental issues: sustainability and impacts due to climate change and resource consumption, as well as requirements derived from the information and knowledge society. Regarding the adjustment to climate change, measures applied to improve urban mobility are having a substantial repercussion on the need to reduce energy consumption and toxic emissions to the atmosphere associated with transport. Mobility also affects concerns about citizen’s health, not only in terms of accidents but also because of pollution which may lead to respiratory diseases.
Strategies For the Post-Speculative City : Proceedings of the 4th AESOP European Urban Summer School, Madrid, Spain, September 2013
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