High density sustainable urban design

I’ve been reading bits of books & book reviews lately talking about sustainable urban design and the advantages of increasing density. Books like Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design With Nature, and Green Metropolis: Why Living Smaller, Living Closer, and Driving Less are the Keys to Sustainability.

And I’m wondering how they address the issues of social pathologies that arise with higher density living? I haven’t actually read the whole books, I emphasise, just reviews and/or extracts. I’ve put some of these sorts of books on my wishlist (my family have always done wishlists) and my birthday’s coming up, so maybe I’ll get to find out… On the other hand maybe they’ll be way too technical for me and I’ll retreat to reading escapist fiction 🙂

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