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Compact City: the next urban evolution in response to climate change

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    Thomas L. Saaty(Author)

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We need to control nature by eliminating its capricious threats to our lives. We do it best by not only making our living, working , sports and other leisure structures more accessible in space, but also by minimizing and banishing congestions and the need for long times to commute to work or to access shopping malls, sports and cultural activities. With the threat of global warming and melting of the polar ice cap in the Antarctic, low lying cities throughout the world are threatened with drowning under more than 150 feet of water. What should we be thinking about insulating ourselves from natural threats like hurricanes and tsunamis and earthquakes? Surprisingly enough, the new design will eliminate one of the problems of poverty, the lack of shelter.

Thomas L. Saaty is a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, where he teaches at the Pitt Graduate School of Business. He is best-known as being the modern mathematician who figured out a way to measure intangibles, and is the inventor, architect, and primary theoretician of the Analytic Hierarchy Process, a decision-making framework used for large-scale, multiparty, multi-criteria decision analysis, and of the Analytic Network Process, its generalization to decisions with dependence and feedback. Saaty is a member of National Academy of Engineering (2005), and in 2008 he received the Impact Prize from the Operations Research Society INFORMS for how the AHP has revolutionized the way we resolve complex decision problems. The publication of his books on the Analytic Hierarchy Process and the release of PC-based software such as SuperDecisions and web-based collaborative software such as Decision Lens have led to widespread dissemination of the process. The AHP has been applied worldwide to help decision makers in every conceivable decision context across both the public and private sectors, with literally thousands of reported applications.

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  • PDF | 277 pages
  • Thomas L. Saaty(Author)
  • RWS Publications; First Edition edition (April 8, 2013)
  • English
  • 9
  • Business & Money

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  • By egs96 on April 30, 2013

    A frank discussion about urban planning and development, Compact City is compelling in its concern for the present state and impact of our urban dwellings on the environment, our health, our quality of life, and optimistic about expectations for their future design. Compact City discusses the need to develop cities collaboratively, creatively, holistically rather than piecemeal and reactively as has been historically the case. These new "compact" cities will serve not only to mediate the many negative effects addressed in the book (such as carbon footprints, economic disparities, and commute time to name just a few) but will actually enhance our living experiences and be easy to modify. The book does not shy away from the complexity of the decision processes required to design and build environmentally friendly, culturally and biologically diverse, interactive and exciting new cities. Instead, an otherwise technical discussion of decision making methodologies is made accessible to the reader through colorful illustrations and examples as well as some basic psychology about decision making. The final product is "Compact City," a good book, and an even better place to live!

  • By MEH on April 25, 2013

    Dr. Saaty thoughtfully and carefully examines the current state of our cities while presenting an imaginative argument in an effort to transform cities into green spaces while preserving their urbanity. Taking into account both the preservation of green space and elements of an urban environment, Saaty re-imagines how we can better utilize urban space to fit the needs of our ever-changing climate and eliminate threat from natural disasters. Compact City draws the reader in with its vivid descriptions of city transformations. As a reader, one is able to imagine every day life in the transformed city. Furthermore, Compact City opens the door for the reader to visualize interactions with others, as the city Saaty describes encompasses an element of human interaction that is currently lacking in our urban environments. What would it be like to create spaces where more interaction takes place? The advantages that this city layout provides are vast and allows the reader's imagination to run wild.


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