Energy Efficient Methods to be adopted for Town and City Planning
Urban Design and Urban Planning plays a great role in achieving energy efficiency. Planning of towns and cities is an extremely important aspect in order to achieve energy efficiency.
In this article, we will discuss how efficient town planning can help in achieving energy efficiency. We will mainly focus on the architectural planning part of the town planning.
Rectangular Pattern with superimposed diagonals
How does town planning help in resolving the problem of energy consumption?
A town planner has to take into consideration various amenities and facilities that are to be incorporated in a town. For resolving the problem of energy consumption, “Polycentric urban structure” has to be designed.
The centralization of all various important amenities and facilities has to be necessarily incorporated. This will help in reducing the distance of the people travelling from various points in town. The shape and form of the town and the road network should be so designed that the walking distance from any point in town is not more than 7minutes to 10minute walk.
If possible, pedestrianized streets have to be designed in order to create a safe pedestrian environment.
Encouraging travel by foot will help reduce the need for two wheeler and four wheeler vehicles. This will help in saving fuel. Saving fuel will cut travelling costs as well as it will help conserve the non-renewable sources of energy.
Town planner | Master of Town and Country Planning
Who is a town planner and what does he do?
The answer to this question is not as simple as it seems. A “Town planner” is a person who not only designs a town but he is an influential person who can change the lifestyle of the people.
Now some people reading out there might just think… HOW? How could anyone possibly change or influence somebody’s lifestyle??
Before we start our discussion on what the role of a town planner is and what all he thinks, understands and executes…?
Let’s start with analyzing our own life styles… How did we start to live in a way we are living today? Has anyone given a thought about that? I don’t think so…
View of the Commercial street in a town
Let’s make three broad categories that influence us for the way we live today:
First and foremost, our culture
Our culture and traditions do have a major impact on our minds that mould us and help us live morally and in a specific way. Different countries have different cultures and every person belonging to a particular country or state thinks and follows particular things. This is something that is at spiritual levels.
Second: by your city or town in which you live.
The town or city, the way it is designed or has gradually developed radiates some negative emotions and some positive. Our mood swings are very prone to the kind of surroundings we live in. Our habits and our mannerisms are also influenced by the way the city is developed and the people you are surrounded by.