Sustainable Parameters for Latin American Cities

Oscar D. Corbella
PROURB/ FAU, UFRJ, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

Gisele Silva Barbosa
PROURB/ FAU, UFRJ, Faculdade Salesiana Maria Auxiliadora, Brasil

Patricia R. C. Drach
PROURB/ FAU, UFRJ, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

Ladda ner artikelhttp://dx.doi.org/10.3384/ecp110573058

Ingår i: World Renewable Energy Congress - Sweden; 8-13 May; 2011; Linköping; Sweden

Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 57:8, s. 3058-3065

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Publicerad: 2011-11-03

ISBN: 978-91-7393-070-3

ISSN: 1650-3686 (tryckt), 1650-3740 (online)


Over the last few decades; Latin American cities have been undergoing a rapid process of population increasing. With scarce investments in infrastructure; they are unable to meet the demands. Some of the consequences of this excessive population growth include a failure of the transport system; inefficient public services; the formation of urban heat islands; among other consequences; all of them contributing to a steep fall in life quality and energy consumption increasing.

Given the precarious conditions observed in large Latin American cities; especially in metropolitan areas; and the disconnection between the urban built and natural environment surrounding them; there is a call for action; from intervention in the territory already consolidated; to the development of future cities through sustainable urban criteria.

This paper presents some parameters to guide contemporary urban design criteria in the planning of sustainable cities. It started from a theoretical approach guided by international authors with different views on such parameters. The methodology is based on a qualitative study considering urban design issues relating to sustainability; such as urban management; adequacy of climate and place; regionalism; physical limitations of the city; the mixed uses; productive city; integration between urban and rural; and no polluting mobility.


Sustainable Cities; Sustainable Parameters; Urban Design


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