Impact of urban design on social capital

Paranagamage, Primali and Price, Andrew and Austin, Simon and Khandokar, Fahmida (2010) Impact of urban design on social capital. Loughborough University. ISBN 9781897911365

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Abstract

Many urban centres are still blighted by crime and poverty; poorly designed development can have negative effects
on the health, welfare and economic prospects of communities. The design, scale, quality and distribution of
structures within the built environment are key determinants of the environmental, social and economic wellbeing of urban areas and the quality of life of their inhabitants. Sustainable urban development requires a new way of doing things – a way which reduces environmental impact while at the same time promote widespread
economic and social progress.
Fundamental to social progress and wellbeing is the Social capital of a community, referred to as the social bonds and norms or the ‘glue that holds societies together’. The design and form of cities, neighbourhoods and individual buildings have significant implications on social capital as they can affect the way people interact and bond with each other and the sense of community.

Keywords:urban sustainability, social capital, new deal for communities, social cohesion, neighbourhood regeneration
Subjects:K Architecture, Building and Planning > K421 Urban Planning
K Architecture, Building and Planning > K440 Urban studies
K Architecture, Building and Planning > K100 Architecture
K Architecture, Building and Planning > K450 Housing
Divisions:College of Arts > School of Architecture & Design > School of Architecture & Design (Architecture)
ID Code:8505
Deposited On:28 Mar 2013 20:01

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