Designing for Social Sustainability

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Socially sustainable development : • satisfies basic human needs such as food, water, shelter, education, jobs and safe conditions to live and work in; • is fair and impartial, distributing its benefits fairly among all levels of society; • promotes, or at least does not inhibit, the well-being of the community - physically, mentally and socially ; • encourages culture, educates, creates and contributes to the development of human potential within the population; • recognizes and preserves communal heritage, instilling and strengthening connections to history and environment; • supports good interactions and relations, emphasizes harmonious living and people support; • is inevitably democratic, allows full societal participation and involvement; • is a living concept, the link between "the city's public places and its peoples' quality of life" (Lennard and Lennard, 1987) (Hancock, T., 2013) Urban planning needs to integrate “soft infrastructure” that promote social well-being into all forms of development, and not just concentrate on the “hard infrastructure” if we intend to create successful communities. Everyone has a fundamental right to live with basic dignity, in decent conditions, and with no restrictions for economic mobility and social inclusion. The urban vision of an inclusive city ensures: • Safe and secure homes. All citizens have access to safe and decent housing. This can be achieved by way of building more affordable housing, or upgrading existing slums with the help of the community. There would be equal access to basic services for improvement of economy and health for all the residents. • Better integration. A city that facilitates human interaction, creates universally accessible transport... ... middle of paper ... ...e. SOJA, E., 2010. Chapter 41. Six Discourses on the Postmetropolis. (Pgs 374-381). From : The Blackwell CITY READER, edited by Gary Bridge and Sophie Watson, 2010. 2nd ed. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell YOUNG, R., 2004. Stewardship of the Built Environment. (Pgs 57-60). From : Writing-Urbanism : A design reader, edited by Douglas Kelbaugh and Kit Krankel McCullough, 2008. 1st ed. Oxford: Routledge OISD, 2009. Measuring Socially Sustainable Urban Regeneration in Europe. (pdf) Available from: (Accessed on 15 Apr 2014) URBANTIMES, 2012. Too Big To Fail? Why Cities Need to Rethink Sustainability. (online) Available from : (Accessed on 15 Apr 2014)

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