Sustainable City and New Neighbourhood Approach

By Marco Castrignanò and Alessandra Landi.

Published by Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies

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Traditional idea of city as a patchwork of communities is now topical more than ever. Several studies stress environmental and socio-economic costs of sprawling urban forms. Environmentally, we are facing increasingly consumption of energy due to the spread of single-family detached houses or semi-detached houses and to the transportation of building materials, the high production of Co² due to private mobility, intrinsically connected to such urban development form - urban sprawl - and land use, according to available European and Italian data.
Socio-economic problems include traffic congestion and its effects, costs related to construction of infrastructures (especially road ones) necessary for serving such settlements, economic and time costs of work mobility.
A return to compact city, based on “new neighborhood” as an organized form of eco-friendly social cohesion seems to be the only way towards a society that is going to be more and more urban.

Keywords: Community, Neighborhood, Sustainable City, Land Use

Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp.15-21. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 386.827KB).

Prof. Marco Castrignanò

Associated Professor, Department of Sociology "Achille Ardigò", University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy

Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology and Business Law, University of Bologna, Italy.

Alessandra Landi

Ph.D. student, Department of Sociology "Achille Ardigò", University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy

PhD in Sociology, Department of Sociology and Business Law, University of Bologna, Italy.