By the end of the twenty-first century it is thought that three-quarters of the world’s population will be urban; our future is in cities. Making these cities healthy, vibrant and sustainable is an exceptional challenge which this book addresses. It sets out some of the basic principles of the design of our future cities and, through a series of carefully-selected case studies from leading designers’ experience, illustrates how these ideas can be put into practice.

Building on the first edition's original format of design guidance and case studies, this new edition updates the ideas and techniques resulting from further research and practice by the contributors. This book emphasises the enormous progress made towards exciting new designs that integrate good design with resource efficiency.

part One|94 pages

Sustainable Urban Design Concepts

chapter |9 pages


ByAdam Ritchie

chapter 2|9 pages

Urban Planning and Design

ByPatrick Clarke

chapter 3|10 pages


ByRobert Thorne, William Filmer-Sankey, Anthony Alexander

chapter 4|11 pages

Landscape and Nature in the City

ByChristina Von Borcke

chapter 5|14 pages

Building Design

ByRandall Thomas, Adam Ritchie

chapter 6|18 pages

Energy and Information

ByRandall Thomas, Adam Ritchie

chapter 7|6 pages


BySarah Royse

chapter 8|6 pages


ByRandall Thomas, Adam Ritchie

chapter 9|6 pages

Waste and Resource

ByAdam Ritchie

chapter 10|3 pages


ByAdam Ritchie

part Two|111 pages

Case Studies

chapter 11|9 pages

Coopers Road Estate: Regeneration

ByDavid Turrent

chapter 12|9 pages

Parkmount: Streetscape and Solar Design

ByRichard Partington, Adrian Hornsby

chapter 13|15 pages

Coin Street Housing: The Architecture of Engagement

ByGraham Haworth

chapter 14|9 pages

Sustainable Design in an Urban Context: Three Case Studies

ByAlan Short

chapter 15|17 pages

Bedzed: Beddington Zero-Fossil Energy Development

ByBill Dunster

chapter 16|9 pages

BO01 and Flagghusen: Ecological City Districts in Malmö, Sweden

ByEva Dalman, Cecilia Von Schéele

chapter 18|15 pages

Made in Stockwell' and Deptford Wharves

ByKatie Tonkinson, Adam Ritchie

chapter 19|9 pages

Millennium Water: Vancouver's Olympic Village, Canada

ByRachel Moscovich