Sustainable metropolitan transport – design strategies

This note outlines how architects can use the design of buildings to help create sustainable transport systems and a more vibrant public domain.

Traditionally, architecture has been mainly concerned with the internal efficiency of buildings. However, the design of buildings plays a substantial role in the overall efficiency and sustainability of a city’s transport system. This paper looks at three ‘design zones’ which architects help shape, each of which has city-wide implications for sustainability. It also looks at how each of these design zones impacts on the overall sustainability of the transport system and the design implications of these impacts.

note summary
  1. Introduction
  2. An evolutionary/ecosystem approach to transport
  3. How architecture impacts on exchange efficiency
  4. Design principles
  5. Design implications
  6. Patterns for success
  7. Conclusions