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Cities as Sustainable Ecosystems: Principles and Practices
     

Cities as Sustainable Ecosystems: Principles and Practices

by Peter Newman, Isabella Jennings
 

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ISBN-10: 1597261882

ISBN-13: 9781597261883

Pub. Date: 01/28/2008

Publisher: Island Press

Modern city dwellers are largely detached from the environmental effects of their daily lives. The sources of the water they drink, the food they eat, and the energy they consume are all but invisible, often coming from other continents, and their waste ends up in places beyond their city boundaries.
 
Cities as Sustainable Ecosystems shows how

Overview

Modern city dwellers are largely detached from the environmental effects of their daily lives. The sources of the water they drink, the food they eat, and the energy they consume are all but invisible, often coming from other continents, and their waste ends up in places beyond their city boundaries.
 
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, Newman and Jennings reassess urban design by exploring flows of energy, materials, and information, along with the interactions between human and non-human parts of the system.
 
Drawing on examples from all corners of the world, the authors explore natural patterns and processes that cities can emulate in order to move toward sustainability. Some cities have adopted simple strategies such as harvesting rainwater, greening roofs, and producing renewable energy. Others have created biodiversity parks for endangered species, community gardens that support a connection to their foodshed, and pedestrian-friendly spaces that encourage walking and cycling.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597261883
Publisher:
Island Press
Publication date:
01/28/2008
Pages:
296
Sales rank:
1,095,881
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introducing Cities as Sustainable Ecosystems
 
Chapter 1. Vision
Chapter 2. Economy and Society
Chapter 3. Biodiversity
Chapter 4. Ecological Footprints
Chapter 5. Modeling Cities on Ecosystems
Chapter 6. Sense of Place
Chapter 7. Empowerment and Consumption
Chapter 8. Partnerships
Chapter 9. Sustainable Production and Consumption
Chapter 10. Governance and Hope
 
Appendix A. Extracts fron the "Local Government Declaration to the World Summit on Sustainable Development," 2002
Appendix B. The Carbon Cycle
Appendix C. The Nitrogen Cycle
Appendix D. The Phosphorus Cycle
Appendix E. The Hydrological Cycle

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