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EPSRC Reference: GR/S90874/01
Title: Sustainability of Land Use & Transport in Outer neighbourhoods - SOLUTIONS
Principal Investigator: Echenique, Professor M
Other Investigators:
Barton, Professor H
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Professor S Marshall Dr G Mitchell Professor JD Nelson
Dr N Thorpe Dr G Vigor
Project Partners:
Bristol City Council Business Link Cambridge City Council
Cambridgeshire County Council Community Development Foundation CPRE
Department for Transport Government Office Highways Agency
Independent Transport Commission Institution of Civil Engineers Joint Strategic Planning & Transportatio
Llewelyn-davies Newcastle City Council North Somerset Council
Office of Deputy Prime Minister RSPB Stagecoach East
Thames Gateway London Partnership Transport for London WSP Group plc UK (Parsons Brinckerhoff)
Department: Architecture
Organisation: University of Cambridge
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 April 2004 Ends: 30 June 2009 Value (£): 1,750,372
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Transport Ops & Management Urban & Land Management
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Transport Systems and Vehicles
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The overarching research questions that SOLUTIONS intends to answer are how far, and by what means, can towns and cities be planned so they are socially inclusive, economically efficient and environmentally sustainable. The method for answering these questions consists in a series of in-depth, integrated case studies in cities that represent different urban scales and characteristics, undertaken in partnership with the local planning authorities. The research examines the interaction between strategic (whole city) and local (neighbourhood) levels with close attention to transport and urban design issues. The method will apply and test theoretical options to ascertain if there are findings that are transferable between different localities in each case study and between case studies, and how size and characteristics of the city influence the results.The alternative designs of land use dispositions and transport configurations will be combined to form distinct archetypes of development at strategic and local scales. Each of the alternatives will be analysed in case studies through a combination of quantitative and qualitative procedures to estimate, through time, the likely outcome in terms of people's opportunities and behaviour. The resulting forecast will be assessed in terms of sustainability criteria that encompass the impacts in the economic efficiency of the area studied, its social equity implications, and environmental sustainability. The outcomes of the assessment would be discussed with local and national stakeholders to ascertain the feasibility of implementation of the alternatives as well as their acceptability.The final products of the research will be individual case study reports and the production of a generic, innovative, practical guide for the development of outer cities to achieve sustainable urban environments.
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Project URL: http://www.suburbansolutions.ac.uk
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