Toward a new sustainable urban planning

Romano Fistola


It is clear, as recently established scientifically, that global change is produced byman­made activities carried out on the planet. For a long time, experts have found anomalies and irrationally risky human actions as regards processes which are destroying environmental systems and their natural biotypes. Cities, where in a few years about the 75% of the global population is expected to live, represent one of the main entropic systems, inparticular because of the concentration of climate­ altering activities. The attention given to subjects: “sustainable” development, participated urban planning, sustainable mobility, andsoon, has been characterising investigations in the field of urban and regional sciences. It is now necessary to achieve a new “ethic” in urban  planning, in order to pass from investigation to practice, by codifying a new sustainable process in order to manage territorial transformations. This paper suggests an investigation on this new process, defined as “eco town planning”, pointing out the basic features and the systemic approach on which it is based. Finally a case study is described whichhasbeencarriedoutinamid­sizecityinItaly:Benevento. An “off­grid” urban district, with no green house gas emissions, has been designed for the new city master plan.


Italian Planning; Italy; Environmental Planning; Development Control; Development Plans; Strategic Plans; Strategic Environmental Assessment; Heritage Management

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