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Alison Blay-Palmer

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Chapter 65: Introduction to Part Thirteen: Urban Natures: Sustainable Communities

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Introduction to Part Thirteen: Urban Natures: Sustainable Communities
Introduction to Part Thirteen: Urban Natures: Sustainable Communities
Alison Blay-Palmer

Cities are the focal points in the occupation and utilization of the earth by [hu]man[s]. Both a product of and an influence on surrounding regions, they develop in definite patterns in response to economic and social needs.

Cities are also paradoxes. Their rapid growth and large size testify to their superiority as a technique for the exploitation of the earth, yet by their very success and consequent large size they often provide a poor local environment for [hu]man[s]. The problem is to build the future city in such a manner that the advantages of urban concentration can be preserved for the benefit of [hu]man[s] and the disadvantages minimized. (Harris ...

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