Sustainability: Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives

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Heriberto Cabezas, Urmila Diwekar

DOI: 10.2174/97816080510381120101
eISBN: 978-1-60805-103-8, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-60805-429-9



Indexed in: Scopus, EBSCO.

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Sustainable Infrastructure and Alternatives for Urban Growth

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Arka Pandit, Hyunju Jeong, John C. Crittenden, Steven P. French, Ming Xu and Ke Li

Abstract

With the global urban population becoming 7.0 billion by 2050, there will be a huge demand of the provision of basic infrastructure to this population. With the growing concerns over climate change and energy /resource scarcity, there is a need of paradigm shift from the ‘Romanesque’ idea of infrastructure provision to a sustainable and resilient urban infrastructure which should be designed, constructed and operated within the means of nature. The goal of a sustainable and resilient urban infrastructure is not only to provide the infrastructure amenities but also to develop the socioeconomic attributes of the urban system. In order to attain this goal, the interconnection between the individual infrastructure components and their inter-relation with the socioeconomic attributes needs to be understood. Based on this understanding, many Low Impact Development alternatives for urban infrastructure, including but not limited to stormwater management, can be assessed designed and applied to attain this goal.

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