Ecocities: Rebuilding Cities in Balance with Nature / Edition 2

Ecocities: Rebuilding Cities in Balance with Nature / Edition 2

by Richard Register
     
 

ISBN-10: 0865715521

ISBN-13: 9780865715523

Pub. Date: 04/15/2006

Publisher: New Society Publishers

Most of the world’s population now lives in cities. So if we are to address the problems of environmental deterioration and peak oil adequately, the city has to be a major focus of attention.

Ecocities is about re-building cities and towns based on ecological principles for the long term sustainability, cultural vitality and health of the Earth&rsquo

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Most of the world’s population now lives in cities. So if we are to address the problems of environmental deterioration and peak oil adequately, the city has to be a major focus of attention.

Ecocities is about re-building cities and towns based on ecological principles for the long term sustainability, cultural vitality and health of the Earth’s biosphere. Unique in the literature is the book’s insight that the form of the city really matters – and that it is within our ability to change it, and crucial that we do. Further, that the ecocity within its bioregion is comprehensible and do-able, and can produce a healthy and potentially happy future.

Ecocities describes the place of the city in evolution, nature and history. It pays special attention to the key question of accessibility and transportation, and outlines design principles for the ecocity. The reader is encouraged to plunge in to its economics and politics: the kinds of businesses, planning and leadership required. The book then outlines the tools by which a gradual transition to the ecocity could be accomplished. Throughout, this new edition is generously illustrated with the author’s own inspired visions of what such rebuilt cities might actually look like.

Richard Register is one of the world's great theorists and authors in ecological city design and planning. The founder of Urban Ecology and Ecocity Builders, he convened the first International Ecocity Conference in 1990, lectures around the world, and has authored two previous books, as well as an earlier edition of Ecocities.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780865715523
Publisher:
New Society Publishers
Publication date:
04/15/2006
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
825,209
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1As we build, so shall we live5
Ch. 2The city in evolution25
Ch. 3The city in nature47
Ch. 4The city in history75
Ch. 5The city today105
Ch. 6Access and transportation137
Ch. 7What to build181
Ch. 8Plunge on in!211
Ch. 9Personal odyssey229
Ch. 10Tools to fit the task247
Ch. 11What the fast-breaking news may mean279
Ch. 12Toward strategies for success311
Afterword : rebuilding New Orleans341

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