Sustainable Nature And Sustainable Development

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SUSTAINABILITY ‘The earth provides enough for everyman’s needs but not for everyman’s greed.’ M K Gandhi The linkage between environment and development was first made in 1980, when the World Conservation Strategy coined the term ‘Sustainable development.’ The 1987 report of the Brundtland Commission — formally gave the definition of sustainable development as: ‘The development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of the future generations to meet their own needs.’ Sustainable urbanism encompasses three aspects: environment conservations, social equity and economic viability. Like a tripod, the omission of any of the three ‘legs’ supporting a plan would unbalance a neighbourhood and affect its long term sustainability. NATURE & SUSTAINABILITY Nature is a bundle of packages where, almost always, problems and their solutions are packed together. In the tropics, when it is hot. you get the best of watermelons, the hotter the weather, the sweeter they are. In the sea coast, the tree takes a tall and slender form so as to dissipate the wind energy by swaying. We do not see the big bulky and strong banyan trees trying to take on the coastal winds, in nature, everything is in balance - right down to the cellular level. And so must we be along with our built environments. SUSTAINABLE NEIGHBOURHOOD In order to meet the needs of the present without comprising the ability of the future generations to meet their own needs, limiting ourselves to green buildings alone is not the solution but what is actual required is sustainable urbanism. A sustainable lifestyle has to deal with overall context and not just the buildings. Innovation is necessary on many fronts out of which some are mentioned below i... ... middle of paper ... ... its own food, recycle its wastes, produce most of its goods, connect with other places by public transport , last but not the least, must have place for all income levels. The neighbourhood would have to be structurally stable, resistant to natural disasters, capable of evolving and being built over a period of time. There is no set method of achieving sustainability. So let us stop aping and evaluate the condition ourselves. Singapore is in a state where it can easily avoid the trap that the developed nations have already fallen into and move towards a sustainable future. Clearly, replication of one successful model should be avoided but lessons can be learnt to foster urban innovations. One of the location near expressway makes it under utilized. The whole subzone is covered with arious facilties but the daily facilties are acessbilie whole by few residents.
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