MILU, Multifunctional Intensive Land Use - Principles, Practices, Projects, Policies

MILU BOOK: Principles Practices Projects Policies

Multifunctional and intensive land use has to be considered as an attempt to give meaning to a broader concept of sustainable development. MILU wants to provide a mindset and practicable strategy for urban and regional planners and practitioners and is in this sense an operational concept of sustainability for planning professionals.

One of the biggest challenges facing urban managers today is finding contextual ways to make all urban development more sustainable. Much of this revolves around rethinking how cities plan and use their land for (re)development, and finding appropriate and multiple reasons to use the spaces, we build and occupy across time and function. Clearly, to properly acknowledge land as a scarce commodity, we must stop using it for single use (mono-functional) purposes.

This is where the ideas of MILU (Multi-Functional and Intensive Land Use) begin to take on significance. This book describes how the MILU programme can help foster better intensification of development across levels of scale.

Multifunctional and intensive land use is, of course, not a once and for all solution to all planning problems, but should be seen as trend breach in the way planning problems can be tackled. The classical paradigm of the separation of functions dates back to the Charter of Athens (1931) but is still adhered to and in force to date. The dominance of this can be seen in the worldwide proliferation of concentrated dormitory towns, mono functional industrial area’s and inaccessible nature reserves.

As surveys of urban developments showed; in many countries, urban planners are looking for more integrated approaches. This goes hand in hand with the search for countervailing
strategies to the uncontrolled market driven urban sprawl, sometimes with market oriented incentives or planning regimes or in other contexts simply regulations.

The interest that was raised in response to the initiation of an IFHP (International Federation for Housing and Planning) Working Party (2000), followed by the MILUnet Operation (2004) co-financed through the EU INTERREG IIIC programme, indicates the relevance and significance of a MILU strategy.

The overarching purpose of the MILUnet operation was the search for basic principles which, having been contemplated and tested in practice, could be used to help advance new projects To this end MILUnet developed a particular working formula, the so called ‘Implementation Laboratory’ or ‘Implementation Lab, IL’. The MILUnet experiences provided those who were involved in the IFHP Working Party and in the MILUnet operation with valuable new knowledge and ideas.
We hope that with this book a wider circle of professionals and researchers will be able to profit from this.

Edited by: Huibert A. Haccoû, Tjeerd Deelstra, Arun Jain, Volkmar Pamer, Karolina Krosnicka, Rob de Waard (eds.)

611 pages

Published by: The Habiforum Foundation
ISBN 978-90-8066474-6
Year: 2007