Building Cities to LAST A Practical Guide to Sustainable Urbanism
Building Cities to LAST presents the myriad issues of sustainable urbanism in a clear and concise system, and supports holistic thinking about sustainable development in urban environments by providing four broad measures of urban sustainability that differ radically from other, less long-lived patterns: these are Lifecycle, Aesthetics, Scale, and Technology (LAST). This framework for understanding the relationship between these four measures and the essential types of infrastructure—grouped according to the basic human needs of Food, Shelter, Mobility, and Water—is laid out in a simple and easy-to-understand format. These broad measures and infrastructures address the city as a whole and as a recognizable pattern of human activity and, in turn, increase the ability of cities—and the human race—to LAST. This book will find wide readership particularly among students and young practitioners in architecture, urban planning, and landscape architecture.
Introduction: A User’s Guide
Lifecycles: The Fine Print
Aesthetics: The Fine Print
Scales: The Fine Print
Technologies: The Fine Print
Conclusion: A Matrix for Thinking
"With the U.S. 40% (1900), 50% (1950) and shortly 80% urbanized, this topic and how we approach it is key. With little jargon, Jassen Callender did it – offering a high level yet gritty users guide that is not another checklist but deals with relationships and correlations to guide us into the future."
—Pliny Fisk III, co-founder and co-director of the Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems, First Annual Sacred Tree Award – USGBC, Solar Pioneer Year 2000 American Solar Energy Society, Advisor MacArthur, Gates, and Enterprise Foundations, and Emeritus Professor Texas A&M University
"Finally (at last!), a book that presents a strong, interconnected framework for both breadth- and depth- thinking about how cities need to be designed in order to be healthier, durable, and long-lasting places. Building Cities to LAST presents refreshing and thoughtful guidance asking us to consider Life Cycle Analysis from the start, rather than at the end of the design process."
—Alison G. Kwok, PhD, FAIA, LEED AP, CPHC
University of Oregon, co-author of The Green Studio Handbook and Passive House Details