ASLA created a new online resource guide on sustainable urban development. The guide contains lists of organizations, research, concepts and projects related to sustainable urban development, and includes sections on: tools for fighting sprawl, sustainable zoning, the reuse of brownfields, investment in open spaces, and sustainable urban design. Developed for students and professionals, the resource guide contains recent reports and projects from leading U.S. and international organizations, academics, and design firms.
The guide is separated into six sections:
- Fighting Sprawl
- Sustainable Zoning
- Reusing Brownfields
- Investing in Downtowns
- Open Spaces
- Sustainable Urban Design
As an example, the section on “open spaces” includes major research studies and policy papers outlining the economic, social and cognitive benefits of parks and green spaces in cities. There are also links to award-winning sustainable urban parks and master plans.
This resource guide is part of an on-going series. See earlier resource guides:
- Combating Climate Change with Landscape Architecture
- Sustainable Design and Development
- Sustainable Transportation
- Improving Skills During the Economic Downturn (career resource guide)
More guides focused on Livable Communities and Green spaces in the Built Environment are coming.
The Sustainable Urban Development resource guide is constantly expanding. If there are resources we’ve missed, add in the comments field below, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We are particularly interested in case studies on sustainable urban development.
Image credit: Mia Lehrer + Associates, Civitas, Inc., Wenk Associates, Tetra Tech, Inc. Copyright City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan (2007)