Light Imprint New Urbanism – a framework for urban and environmental sustainability

T. E. Low, G. Tachiev, P. Kelly, G. Pearlman, N. Black, M. Carney, L. Koutrelakos
2008 Wit Transactions on Ecology and The Environment   unpublished
Light Imprint New Urbanism (LINU) is a comprehensive planning and development framework that emphasizes sustainability, pedestrian-oriented design and increased environmental and infrastructural efficiency, while reducing a community's anticipated construction expenses by up to one third of conventional practices. On a regional scale, building compact urban entities reduces the stress and fragmentation of the watershed caused by roads, infrastructure and impervious cover. This strategy
more » ... s strategy preserves the resources provided by the watershed and creates environmentally sustainable communities. On a community and building scale, Light Imprint development makes communities more economically vital by reducing infrastructure such as roads, public works and facilities. The implementation of Light Imprint methods also results in a smaller ecological footprint of individual buildings. The hydrological effects include decreased storm water runoff in terms of total volume, peak capacity and enhanced groundwater recharge, all of which are critical factors for sustaining stream flow and as a result a considerably lower flood and erosion potential due to induced changes of the environment.
doi:10.2495/arc080071 fatcat:yt3prwdbgjeslojauuq3irjuoe