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"Towards a Renewable Urban Sustainability" Decoding the Egyptian DNA of High Performance City

DOI: 10.5923/j.arch.20120205.05

Keywords: Sustainable Development, Conventional City, DNA of High Performance City, Six Bases of HPC

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This paper proposes and discusses one of the January2011 Egyptian revolution priorities. The dream of every citizen, to shift the Egyptian cities from having a conventional consumer ignoring our resources and multiple potentials into having a productive country, that makes the best out of its environment and capacities. In this paper, potentials include liquid and solid waste as well as energy and building materials. Furthermore, the research problem can then be stated in the absence of visions, strategies and mechanisms that would be devised to upgrade or develop the performance of any urban settlement. Based on previous studies, some elements like Transportation, Energy, Water, Waste, Microclimate and Materials were proven to be key aspects and convenient to our Egyptian cities. There are several local and international studies on the issue have tackled one or more of the elements, however missed out on the rest, or have not drawn up a comprehensive strategy for integrating them all together. Hence, no study was found to have tackled them in a comprehensive methodical manner with an aim of upgrading or development pertains to the urbanism process. Several literatures is witnessed to deal with these six bases on different levels, either on a single building level, a group of buildings, or a neighbourhood. However, it was never for a city, except for some trials such as Masdar city located in Abu Dhabi which has deployed some of these elements. In this classic Image of the city, Kevin lynch has proposed such elements as descriptive tools. Afterwards, no further studies have worked on their assessment, as true valid determinations of the city's urbanization process. Thus, the purpose of this paper is to explore what can be described as the DNA of High Performance City. It is in an attempt to reveal the characteristics of their bases and clarify the reciprocal of the relationship between the key cycles and a cleaner-better discipline of our cities, which uses whole-built environment design to achieve energy, economic and environmental performance which is substantially better than standard practice. High Performance City (HPC) planning is a chance to use our resources efficiently while creating healthier buildings that would improve human health, build a better environment, and provide cost savings.

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