Sheffield city centre case study
The recently completed research project, CityForm: Sustainable Urban Form Consortium, funded by the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) has been rated as ‘tending towards outstanding’ by independent reviewers and the EPSRC panel. The reviewers agreed that the research quality and potential scientific impact were ‘tending to internationally leading’ and made an original and significant contribution to knowledge.
CityForm, a research consortium of five universities, led by Professor Mike Jenks (based in OISD: Cities), set out to explore the relationship between urban form and sustainability. The research team examined and tested the claims that high-density, mixed-use urban forms are environmentally sound, efficient for transport, socially beneficial and economically viable. Case study areas in five UK cities were examined to focus on how the urban environment influences social, economic and environmental sustainability, and transport, in UK cities and urban neighbourhoods.
Researchers in OISD: Cities working on the project include Dr Nicola Dempsey and Dr Shibu Raman whose work focused on urban form’s influence on the quality of life of residents in urban neighbourhoods. In a satellite project led by Prof. Katie Williams (formerly OISD: Cities, now at UWE), Dr Carol Dair and Morag Lindsay examined the extent to which sustainable housing developments encourage sustainable lifestyles.