Introduction

Urbanism is the study and promotion of a sustainable culture of human settlement. It regards the city as the principal organ of the civilised life. A sound urbanism will aspire to support, enhance, celebrate and centre the lives of citizens. It will enable the well-being, emancipation and fulfilment of individuals and institutions through private, convivial and supportive social networks, effective technologies and a benign environment.

The city is the principal expression of urbanism. As one of mankind’s greatest inventions, it is the origin of the services and technologies that support and enrich our lives. City life is supported and resourced by the effective provision of facilities, goods and services, but to be entirely sustainable and resilient, the city needs to be in virtuous equilibrium with the earth’s biota and physical systems.

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