Sustainability For Sustainability : A Variety Of Academic Fields And Disciplines

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Introduction As you know, nowadays, different definitions exist for sustainability in a variety of academic fields and disciplines. What seems to characterize many of these definitions of sustainability is the recognition that the future is important to consider. (Holmberg,1992). Perhaps the most common and well-used definition comes from the Brundtland Commission, which defines sustainability as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”. URL1 Increasingly, urban scholars, planners, developers, investors are expected to address sustainability issues in building and urban design projects. To achieve the aims of sustainability in urban scale,…show more content…
First, the demolition of cultural- heritage design and vernacular urban places and spaces is changing rapidly. One of these changes is related to build environment that are impacted by globalization negative characteristics and lost its harmony with the local features such as technology and culture in time and space. The local potentials about social and functional aspects are largely ignored. On the other hand, unique built environment are replaced by global forms and designs in inappropriate method which are often not matched to local conditions. (King 2004). Using land uses in different ways removes their original characteristics and vitality in new pattern. Secondly, it impacts place-identity of urban environment by separating them from their continuity with local conditions and representing them as a sample of new era. These consequences express sustainability of new forms and processes of urban design in combination of two different ideas. “They question how place identity is created, recreated and sustained” (Zetter, Watson, 2006) Although the sustainability issue have a complicated factors but most of researches on urbanization and urban design has framed it in the category of environmental agenda involved with some issues such energy consumption, water and air pollution and transportation. Interestingly, except some efforts about compact city or smart city, several
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