Visions of sustainability - cities and regions

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Abstract

A painting from 1825 by Alexander Nasmyth hangs in the National Gallery of Scotland, a view of Edinburgh looking east along Princes Street; under construction to the south is Playfair's great Doric temple, the Royal Institution (now the Royal Scottish Academy), while beyond, across parkland, there is North Bridge and, in the distance, Arthur's Seat. More importantly Nasmyth shows us the contrast between the Old Town to his right -with buildings achieving some 10-12 storeys in height as the backlands of the High Street fall away into the hollow yet to become Princes Street Gardens - and the New Town to his left. The view being expressed is that the congested Old Town has been left behind for a cleaner, healthier and more open space, a beautiful new world order.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)186-188
Number of pages3
JournalARQ - Architectural Research Quarterly
Volume12
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jul 2008

Keywords

  • city population
  • city density
  • migration
  • suburbanisation
  • conurbation
  • sustainability

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  • Impacts

    Sustainable Buildings and Cities

    David Grierson (Participant), Fiona Bradley (Participant)

    Impact: Impact - for External PortalEconomic and commerce, Professional practice, training and standards, Environment and sustainability - natural world and built environment

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