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The Contribution of Urban Villages to Sustainable Development

Introduction The British Urban Villages Campaign was launched in June 1992. Stimulated by indefatigable architectural critic, HRH the Prince of Wales, it was a campaign born out of disillusionment with conventional development practice. Campaign protagonists' solution was the dedicated creation of 'urban villages' within the built environment. These villages are forms of development characterised by economic, environmental and social sustainability. In particular, according to the Campaign, they should include:


Throughout the 1990s, the Urban Villages Campaign has advanced with astounding momentum. It has built up a large body of discourse, infiltrated national and local planning policy, fostered construction projects, and turned its nomenclature into popular parlance.