24 Jul '12, 5pm

New study suggests everything I ever knew about urbanism and sustainability is wrong.

New study suggests everything I ever knew about urbanism and sustainability is wrong.

Rainbows and cranes over Toronto/ Lloyd Alter/CC BY 2.0 We have all been arguing it for years; David Owen in the Green Metropolis claiming that the denser the city, the lower the per capita energy use. Ed Glaeser declaring the Triumph of the City . Myself, arguing for a "Goldilocks Density. " It was the accepted wisdom: the way to achieve sustainability is to stop sprawl and to pack people in tighter. Maybe not. Nate Berg at Atlantic Cities points to a new study titled Growing Cities Sustainably that studied British cities with different development patterns, compact, dispersal and expansion, and found that in fact, it doesn't make much difference at all. Nate quotes one of the authors: To our surprise, if you compare the compact form versus the current trend, the difference in reduced transport by automobile is very minor. And if you allow the city to expand, the increase...

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