The ecodesign and planning of sustainable neighbourhoods: The Vallbona case study (Barcelona)

R. Farreny, J. Oliver-Solà, M. Montlleó, E. Escribà, X. Gabarrell, J. Rieradevall

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Abstract

Global sustainability is increasingly an issue of urban sustainability, being essential to encourage more benign trajectories of urbanisation. For this, there is need for a framework that could aid in the process of designing and redesigning (retrofitting) cities. The aim of this paper is to present and describe the methodology of urban ecodesign, which is characterized by a systematic incorporation of environmental life cycle considerations into the design of urban systems. The paper presents a case study of neighbourhood ecodesign from the city of Barcelona (Vallbona neighbourhood). This practical experience shows that the inclusion of sustainability criteria at an early stage of the design and planning of urban systems is the best strategy for environmental protection.In addition; a methodological framework is described in order to provide planners with a structured way of designing urban settlements so as to move towards sustainable urban environments.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-124
JournalInformes de la Construccion
Volume63
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011

Keywords

  • Cities
  • Ecodesign
  • Neighbourhood
  • Urban sustainability

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