Cities as Sustainable Ecosystems: Principles and Practices

Cities as Sustainable Ecosystems: Principles and Practices

by Peter Newman, Isabella Jennings
     
 

ISBN-10: 1597261874

ISBN-13: 9781597261876

Pub. Date: 01/31/2008

Publisher: Island Press

Cities as Sustainable Ecosystems shows how cities and their residents can begin to reintegrate into their bioregional environment, and how cities themselves can be planned with nature's organizing principles in mind. Taking cues from living systems for sustainability strategies and drawing from examples from all corners of the world, Newman and Jennings reassess urban…  See more details below

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Cities as Sustainable Ecosystems shows how cities and their residents can begin to reintegrate into their bioregional environment, and how cities themselves can be planned with nature's organizing principles in mind. Taking cues from living systems for sustainability strategies and drawing from examples from all corners of the world, Newman and Jennings reassess urban design by exploring flows of energy, materials, and information, along with the interactions between human and nonhuman parts of the system. A powerful model for urban redevelopment, Cities as Sustainable Ecosystems describes aspects of urban ecosystems from the visioning process to achieving economic security to fostering a sense of place.

About the Author:
Peter Newman is professor of city policy and director of the Institute for Sustainability and Technology Policy at Murdoch University in Perth, Australia

About the Author:
Isabella Jennings is a graduate student in the School of Environmental Science at Murdoch University. Her past and current research is related to the cities-as-sustainable-ecosystems idea

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597261876
Publisher:
Island Press
Publication date:
01/31/2008
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     IX
Introducing Cities as Sustainable Ecosystems     2
Vision     8
Economy and Society     32
Biodiversity     64
Ecological Footprints     80
Modeling Cities on Ecosystems     92
Sense of Place     144
Empowerment and Participation     156
Partnerships     168
Sustainable Production and Consumption     188
Governance and Hope     216
Conclusions     238
Extracts from the "Local Government Declaration to the World Summit on Sustainable Development," 2002     242
The Carbon Cycle     244
The Nitrogen Cycle     246
The Phosphorus Cycle     248
The Hydrological Cycle     250
Notes     253
Glossary     259
Online Resources     265
References     269
Index     277

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