Developing Sustainable Communities in Edinburgh's South East Wedge

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1. Deakin, M. (2003). Developing sustainable communities in Edinburgh's South East Wedge: The settlement model and design solution. Journal of Urban Design 8(2): 137-148. The South East Wedge of Edinburgh is selected as a sample case study for understanding issues associated with planned urban development in sustainable communities. The South East Wedge was designed as a sustainable living area that could accommodate the city's growing population. Core features included a "distinctive urban culture," "spatially compact form," "strong landscape framework," and a "high density of population" within multiple neighborhoods (Deakin, 2003, p. 139). Environmental friendliness and financial feasibility were also core goals of the development project, which was touted as being advanced and state of the art. In spite of the lofty goals of the project, Deakin (2003) points out that the South East Wedge development failed to live up to its core objective of sustainability. In particular, the South East Wedge of Edinburgh did not live up to environmental goals. There was no formal assessment method on which to base the assumptions that the development would leave a small ecological footprint. Without the methodology, parameters, and operational definitions used to assess ecological soundness, it is impossible to prove any net worth from developing the community in terms of sustainability. Instead, the South East Wedge comes across more as a marketing plan than an actual plan for

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