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31 Oct 2007 02:10:33

Cabe calls for radical green thinking on city planning

There needs to a radical change in the way cities in the UK are designed and constructed if the nation is to meet its targets to reduce emissions, a government body has said.

The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (Cabe) revealed that it believes that the global environmental crisis is "largely a planning and design crisis".

As a result, it called on city planners and builders to explore new ways that urban environments can be constructed to minimise emissions.

John Sorrell, chairman of Cabe, explained: "We need a radically different built environment.

"There is still a piecemeal approach to sustainability in many places, and things are rarely being done on a big enough scale to make a critical difference. We need to show more leadership and we have to get the message across that tackling climate change will actually improve our quality of life."

CABE said that both public and private sector organisations needed to think of ways to improve the construction of cities in the UK.

"Change is not being effected on a big enough scale to make a difference. We have to embark on a radical restructuring of the built environment and the economic models that drive decision-making," Richard Simmons, Cabe chief executive, concluded.ADNFCR-1235-ID-18337606-ADNFCR

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