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Sustainability and urban form

urban planning, sustainability, pianificazione urbana,
sostenibilità urbana, education & research

Anna Laura Palazzo

A ‘weak’ approach to sustainability, connected with the notion of ‘urban form’, can improve the performances of spatial settlements by means of policies, practices and actions whose evident effectiveness can give partial but tangible evaluations and audits, rather than global, intergenerational and abstract objectives. If the challenge in urban design theory and practice is open, an idea of governance more coherent with these assumptions needs to be open and flexible too.

This article appears in issue 132 of Urbanistica (pag. 123).