Cities as Sustainable Ecosystems: Principles and Practices

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

Ecological Restoration

"...the authors have written an excellent book on a subject of great interest and scope... the contents of this book will encourage readers to explore in greater detail the growing literature on urban ecology and urban sustainability, an end in itself that is a marvelous achievement."
Ecological Restoration - Christopher Boone
"...the authors have written an excellent book on a subject of great interest and scope... the contents of this book will encourage readers to explore in greater detail the growing literature on urban ecology and urban sustainability, an end in itselfachievement that is a marvelous achievment."
The Oregonian

"Australian professor Peter Newman is credited with coining the term 'automobile independent' to describe the way most American and Australian cities were built in the last half of the 20th century."
Worldchanging

"Cities as Sustainable Ecosystems is a compendium of lists and theories that is a useful reference and for some potential guide to right living."
William McDonough + Partners - William McDonough

"Cities as Sustainable Ecosystems advances an important idea about the relevance of systems thinking to design at the community and urban scale. Scaling up is a critical aspect to how we all need to be thinking; this book is an excellent guidepost."
Professor, School of Community and Regional Planning, University of British Colu - William E. Rees

"Perhaps just in time, Newman and Jennings provide us with all the theory and practice we need to salvage urban civilization. Their excellent book is now the best available guide to the reinvention of cities as sustainable regional ecosystems, human settlements that thrive on much-reduced eco-footprints."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597261883
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2008
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 724,809
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet 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. He recently completed a Fulbright scholarship, which he spent at the University of Virginia studying sustainability initiatives in the U.S. He is the author of Sustainability and Cities (Island Press, 1999).

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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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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