We hear the word SUSTAINABILITY almost every day. But what does it actually mean? Does it refer to people and culture, our surroundings, or jobs and economy? Is it about me or about something other people should worry about?
Sustainability is about all of those and much more.
Sustainability can be defined as the ability or capacity of something to be sustainable or self-sustainable. It’s about taking something that we need now without taking possibilities away from future generations. When we call an activity sustainable it should have the capability to last forever.
The usage of the term sustainability and the way it should be understood became globally known after the publication of the Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development called Our Common Future in 1987, also known as the Brundtland Report.
The urban development should be led by sustainable planning and a managerial vision that promotes interconnected green areas, multimodal transportation system and concept development for multipurpose utilization of objects and space.
Sustainable planning means constant cooperation between policy creators, planners and contractors. All of them have a common managerial vision on how to reify construction space by applying construction techniques which will reduce pollution and create balance between buildings and eco systems.
To enable the establishment of such communities in which you can live by simultaneously protecting historic, cultural and natural resources, various public and public-private partnerships need to be promoted.
Additionally, the participation of the civil sector as an indicator of real needs becomes a necessary contributor for a city’s sustainability by being a limitless source of innovative solutions and a realistic critic of what has been accomplished.
All of these constitute the three ‘E’ factors for balance: Economic prosperity, Environmental quality and social Equity – a formula the result of which you get sustainable cities.
New sustainable urban plans should have a plethora of commercial, institutional and educational applications, as well as a diversity of style, size and price of the housings on offer.
The mandatory inclusion of side roads, lanes and private streets connected to transit stops and intertwined street networks enables options in the field of mobility and helps to reduce pollution by reducing the frequency of vehicles used.
Hiking, riding bicycles and many other possibilities regarding mobility should be encouraged during the entire planning of urban areas or multipurpose neighborhoods through easily accessible and clearly defined areas and edges.
This type of transformation turns cities into cradles of quality living.