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Want calmer cities? Build socially sustainable communities...

Want calmer cities? Build socially sustainable communities... | green streets | Scoop.it

Environmental sustainability is now well recognized, though social sustainability – finding ways to make places work for people, that are inclusive and cohesive, and adaptable in the face of changing circumstances – is a new challenge.

There is strong evidence about the relationship between the quality of our local social relationships – the people we pass time with on the street, whether we can call on neighbors for help when we are ill – and how happy we are with where we live. The work that is needed to support this is the small scale, efforts of community development workers and local neighbourhood groups. However, this work is vulnerable to cuts in public spending, though corner cutting can have a stark long-term negative impact; the financial and social costs of neighbourhood failure are high and include raised levels of crime, unemployment and mental health problems...

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Decoding Bangkok’s Pocket-Urbanization: Social Housing Issues + Community Architects

Decoding Bangkok’s Pocket-Urbanization: Social Housing Issues + Community Architects | green streets | Scoop.it

This is modern cosmopolitan Bangkok, the second most expensive South-eastern Asian city after Singapore.

Along with explosive city growth, the demand for urban housing has increased substantially. Due to a lack of sufficient and affordable housing, communities have settled into the cracks, eliciting a diagnosed social and institutional ‘pocket-urbanism’ that forms barriers of interaction among communities, and certainly between communities and authority figures...

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Paige McClatchy's curator insight, December 14, 2013 5:45 PM

The poor of Bangkok have been settling their communities in the cracks of wealthier areas, creating a phenomenom of "pocket-urbanization." The artical talks about an emerging "ethical turn" in architecture. People will certainly enjoy their lives better when they are empowered in their own living situations, but also we have seen how poor infrastructure is a target for the worst of natural disasters. Rebuilding these areas would be good for many parties.

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A Local Living Economy | BALLE

When enterprises are locally rooted, human-scale, owned by stakeholders, and held accountable to the rule of law by democratically elected governments, there is a natural incentive for all concerned to take human and community needs and interests into account.

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See What Develops - Homes - Dwell

See What Develops - Homes - Dwell | green streets | Scoop.it
By keeping the budget strict, the insulation tight, and its values clear, Philadelphia’s Postgreen Homes shows a little brotherly love for green, urban housing.
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Urban Bicycle Networks and an Improved Sense of Place

Urban Bicycle Networks and an Improved Sense of Place | green streets | Scoop.it
A good bicycle network offers an easy and environmentally sustainable way for local communities to get around, making a city even more discoverable. But can it improve an individual's sense of place?

It acts as a connection between local services, offering an easy and environmentally sustainable means of transportation. The addition of a bicycle network can open up areas previously disconnected due to poor public transport connections.

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Mapping Higher Education

Mapping Higher Education | green streets | Scoop.it

Mapping higher education as a potent force of development across the city, now and in the future. Essay by Mitchell Moss.

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Guest Infographic: How bike touring could save rural economies - BikePortland.org

Guest Infographic: How bike touring could save rural economies - BikePortland.org | green streets | Scoop.it
BikePortland.orgGuest Infographic: How bike touring could save rural economiesBikePortland.orgBicycle touring duo Russ Roca and Laura Crawford are well into their Bromptom bike adventure.
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