- Ștefan Mihăilescu
Sustainability is not only an environmental issue. It is also an aesthetic and social one. To achieve the lasting characteristics of a real city, we must be able to make the environmental, social and spatial agendas pull in the same direction.
Cities have expanded over time to meet the economic growth and lifestyle aspirations of those who live in them. But they have grown at the expense of increasing rates of resource consumption and increasing waste production and carbon emissions. Because of this sustainable cities are looking at ways to improve their infrastructures to become more environmentally friendly, increase the quality of life for their residents, and cut costs at the same time.
As society and aspirations alter over time, the city has to be designed to adapt to change.
In order to be more sustainable, cities will also need to become more compact.
Cities are about people coming together, to seek work and exchange ideas. And, in a global world people can and do make choices. So the public spaces and buildings of the sustainable city need to be well designed.