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Eco-urbanity: Towards the well-mannered built environment
     

Eco-urbanity: Towards the well-mannered built environment

by Darko Radovic
 

ISBN-10: 0415472784

ISBN-13: 9780415472784

Pub. Date: 04/15/2009

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

The seemingly unchecked growth of cities in our increasingly globalized world can all too easily be seen as the cause of the ecological crisis that looms over us all. Urban areas, with their massive consumption of scarce resources and contribution to pollution and environmental damage, seem to be the problem, not the solution.

And yet this book argues that that

Overview

The seemingly unchecked growth of cities in our increasingly globalized world can all too easily be seen as the cause of the ecological crisis that looms over us all. Urban areas, with their massive consumption of scarce resources and contribution to pollution and environmental damage, seem to be the problem, not the solution.

And yet this book argues that that is exactly what cities are - the victims of unsustainable growth and not the cause, the possible solution to global environmental pressures and not the problem. For it is cities that have always been the source of creative answers to the problems that humanity faces, and it is cities that can provide the synergy between creativity and ecology that the current situation demands.

Bringing together leading professionals and thinkers from across urban planning, design, landscape and architecture, eco-urbanity breaks down the barriers that so often stand between problems and their solutions. Encouraging innovative, creative thinking and the flow of ideas between theory and real-life experience, this book sets a new benchmark for how to make our future cities truly sustainable.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415472784
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
04/15/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Notes on contributors vii

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction: towards a theory of eco-urbanity Darko Radović 1

Part I The compact city, strategies and success stories 7

1 Eco-urbanity: the framework of an idea Darko Radović 9

2 The Barcelona Agenda: reuse, compactness and green Oriol Clos 19

3 From industrial cities to eco-urbanity: the Melbourne case study Rob Adams 33

4 The sustainable city as a fine-grained city David Sim 47

5 From the compact city to the defragmented city: another route towards a sustainable urban form? Mike Jenks 63

Part II Other cultures, approaches and strategies 75

6 Designing for shrinkage: Fibercity 2050, Tokyo Ohno Hidetoshi 79

7 Excavating the lost commons: creating green spaces and water corridors for eco-urban infrastructure Ishikawa Mikiko 92

8 Continuity and departure: a case study of Singapore's Nankin Street Heng Chye Kiang 103

9 The cultural challenge for sustainable cities: coping with sprawl in Bangkok and Melbourne Sidh Sintusingha 112

10 Geometries of life and formlessness: the theoretical legacies of historical Beijing Jianfei Zhu 125

11 Eco-city? eco-urbanity? Arvind Krishan 141

Part III Other scales and sensibilities 161

12 Eco-urbanism: an Israeli perspective Arie Rahamimoff 163

13 Bringing back nature and re-invigorating the city centre Kengo Kuma 176

14 Sustainable design towards a positive spiral Kodama Yuichiro 178

15 Creating a cemetery: architecture that sustains cultural forms Naito Hiroshi 182

16 eco-urbanity hypothesis: towards well-mannered built environments Darko Radović 187

Index 192

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