‘Sustainable Neighbourhoods’ book published by Island Press

September 13th, 2013 by Island Press

(click book cover to go to book publisher's website)

(click book cover to go to book publisher’s website)

‘The Hidden Potential of Sustainable Neighborhoods: Lessons from Low-Carbon Communities’ provides data for architects, urban designers, and planners to identify the strengths and weaknesses of low-carbon community projects.

Harrison Fraker, who is Professor of Architecture and Urban Design and the William Wurster Dean Emeritus of the College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley, argues that to create sustainable communities we need integrated whole-system design, and his case studies show just how successful it can be.

He focuses on the neighborhood scale (from city block to district) because it has the potential to become its own micro utility.

It also encourages integration of the design of transportation, buildings, and infrastructure, all while engaging the design of the public realm.

Harrison Fraker gathers performance data from four cutting-edge sustainable communities: Bo01 and Hammarby Sjöstad in Sweden, and Kronsberg and Vauban, Freiburg in Germany.

A tram passes the energy efficient Green City Hotel in Vauban (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

A tram passes the energy efficient Green City Hotel in Vauban, Freiburg, Germany (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

For each city, Professor Fraker traces the design process for the community as a whole as well as focusing on each individual aspect of its sustainability plan.

He creates a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Neighbourhood Development rating for each community, extracts the lessons learned for US communities, and looks at a hopeful low-carbon model in Davis, California.

Through detailed four-color photographs and diagrams Professor Harrison Fraker offers strategies for both new construction and existing communities.

He provides a road map for retrofitting everything from waste streams to energy systems to public transportation, guiding architects and planners as they bring net-zero energy and low carbon emissions to their designs.

By showcasing the use of 100% renewable energy in Bo01, neighborhood waste streams that are used to generate energy in Hammarby Sjöstad, and an innovative approach to promote public transportation in Vauban, Harrison Fraker provides examples that all communities, old and new, can use to become more resilient.

‘The Hidden Potential of Sustainable Neighborhoods’ is the first step to building a future of successful low-carbon communities and will be a valuable resource for architects and urban planners alike.


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