Compact living is sustainable living. High-density cities can support closer amenities, encourage reduced trip lengths and the use of public transport and therefore reduce transport energy costs and carbon emissions. High-density planning also helps to control the spread of urban suburbs into open lands, improves efficiency in urban infrastructure and services, and results in environmental improvements that support higher quality of life in cities. Encouraging, even requiring, higher density urban development is a major policy and a central principle of growth management programmes used by planners around the world. However, such density creates design challenges and problems. A collection of experts in each of the related architectural and planning areas examines these environmental and social issues, and argues that high-density cities are a sustainable solution. It will be essential reading for anyone with an interest in sustainable urban development.

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Part I: An Understanding of High Density

chapter 1|15 pages

Understanding Density and High Density

ByVicky Cheng

chapter 2|8 pages

Is the High-Density City the Only Option?

ByBrenda Vale, Robert Vale

chapter 3|13 pages

The Sustainability of High Density

BySusan Roaf

chapter 4|12 pages

Density and Urban Sustainability: An Exploration of Critical Issues

ByChye Kiang Heng, Lai Choo Malone-Lee

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Part II: Climate and High-Density Design

chapter 5|7 pages

Climate Changes Brought About by Urban Living

ByChiu-Ying Lam

chapter 6|7 pages

Urbanization and City Climate: A Diurnal and Seasonal Perspective

ByWing-Mo Leung, Tsz-Cheung Lee

chapter 7|13 pages

Urban Climate in Dense Cities

ByLutz Katzschner

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Part III: Environmental Aspects of High-Density Design

chapter 8|20 pages

Thermal Comfort Issues and Implications in High-Density Cities

ByBaruch Givoni

chapter 9|12 pages

Urban Environment Diversity and Human Comfort

ByKoen Steemers, Marylis Ramos

chapter 10|18 pages

Designing for Urban Ventilation

ByEdward Ng

chapter 11|26 pages

Natural Ventilation in High-Density Cities

ByFrancis Allard, Christian Ghiaus, Agota Szucs

chapter 12|18 pages

Sound Environment: High- versus Low-Density Cities

ByJian Kang

chapter 13|14 pages

Designing for Daylighting

ByEdward Ng

chapter 14|13 pages

Designing for Waste Minimization in High-Density Cities

ByChi-Sun Poon, Lara Jaillon

chapter 15|18 pages

Fire Engineering for High-Density Cities

ByWan-Ki Chow

chapter 16|36 pages

The Role of Urban Greenery in High-Density Cities

ByNyuk-Hien Wong, Yu Chen

chapter 17|9 pages

Energy in High-Density Cities

ByAdrian Pitts

chapter 18|10 pages

Environmental Assessment: Shifting Scales

ByRaymond J. Cole

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Part IV: High-Density Spaces and Living