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Methods and Means

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principals  for quality of life

"3P's" Public, Private

PARTNERSHIPS

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SUSTAINABLE, RESILIENT

It is not a question about can urbanism be sustainable, instead since urbanism is inevitable the question becomes “what needs to change to make urbanism sustainable.”

PERMACULTURE:

cities that give back

Permaculture zones in the city... from 0 to hero. Home to Agroforestry.

POCKETS OF ZEN
little parks everywhere

Pocket parks, inlets, connected green corridors, 

the HUMAN SCALE:
Low Rise, Walkable Cities

Neglecting the human factor in city planning is obvious in the lack of public spaces where citizens can enjoy the city. This is also apparent in the lack of pedestrian-friendly streets and sidewalks, as well as building design. 

BIOPHILIC, BIOMIMETIC, and BIOMORPHIC DESIGN

how does nature do it?

Mother nature. The great mother. Need I say more?

THE GROUND PLANE
Storm Water Management

Storm water gardens and other soft edges....

WELLNESS HOMES
From the inside out

A true grassroots movement begins at the mind/body level and reflects 1st at home. 

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Narrow Street
Kitchen

The quality of life factor consists of increasing the feeling of psychological well-being of the public through urban design principles. A perceived sense of belonging helps preserve community ties which in turn aid in reducing crime. This is achieved through walkability keeping architecture at eye level engaging by changing at the rate of 5 miles per hour, the average rate of walking. No blank walls along the street! Also, plenty of ample green spaces to bring the community together and offer a safe space for human connection and relieve the feeling of crowdedness. When the psychological needs of the people are satisfied their sense of civic pride enhances and they will become more active in policymaking because people naturally tend to protect what they like. An efficient use of land and space and many forms of transportation (not just automobile) are a must for this.

•              Curbing the negative impacts of sprawl

•              Mitigating climate change

•              Dramatically decreasing energy costs

•              Making walking, biking and transit more inviting

•              Improving public health, diversity, creativity, safety, and vibrancy

•              reduced congestion and vehicle emissions

•              smaller ecological footprints

•              long-term economic sustainability with mixed-used buildings

•              Incorporate multiple price points to housing multiple tenant types

•              Public engagement

HIGH DENSITY, LOW RISE, GRASSROOTS FAMILIES

The benefits of incorporating such principals are seemingly universal.

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