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Solar Architecture book
The concept of ecological footprinting is a means of assessing the environmental impact of urban life. Ecological footprints can be estimated for any activity or process. They represent a theoretical land area required to maintain an environmental balance for the activity under consideration. By considering sustainability in relation to the city, the potential exists for developing new urban forms. New spatial arrangements suggested at an urban scale. The concentric development of European cities is proving to be unsustainable as well as functionally redundant. Paul Virilio observed that the suburb is in the process of becoming the norm, the centre is becoming the suburb. The edge of the city is therefore turning into a centre where city and suburb meet. Similar issues are the subject of investigation by several architectural practitioners and academics such as Stan Allens Infrastructural Urbanism. Infrastructural Urbanism refers to a process of designing which investigates the possibilities arising from the consideration of large scale civil infrastructures.