Green Cities of Europe: Global Lessons on Green Urbanism

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In the absence of federal leadership, states and localities are stepping forward to address critical  problems like climate change, urban sprawl, and polluted water and air. Making a city fundamentally sustainable is a daunting task, but fortunately, there are dynamic, innovative models outside U.S. borders. Green Cities of Europe draws on the world's best examples of sustainability to show how other cities can become greener and more livable.

 

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Overview


In the absence of federal leadership, states and localities are stepping forward to address critical  problems like climate change, urban sprawl, and polluted water and air. Making a city fundamentally sustainable is a daunting task, but fortunately, there are dynamic, innovative models outside U.S. borders. Green Cities of Europe draws on the world's best examples of sustainability to show how other cities can become greener and more livable.

 

Timothy Beatley has brought together leading experts from Paris, Freiburg, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Heidelberg, Venice, Vitoria-Gasteiz, and London to illustrate groundbreaking practices in sustainable urban planning and design. These cities are developing strong urban cores, building pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure, and improving public transit. They are incorporating ecological design and planning concepts, from solar energy to natural drainage and community gardens. And they are changing the way government works, instituting municipal "green audits" and reforming economic incentives to encourage sustainability. 

 

Whatever their specific tactics, these communities prove that a holistic approach is needed to solve environmental problems and make cities sustainable. Beatley and these esteemed contributors offer vital lessons to the domestic planning community about not only what European cities are doing to achieve that vision, but precisely how they are doing it. The result is an indispensable guide to greening American cities.

 

 Contributors include:

 

Lucie Laurian (Paris)

Dale Medearis and Wulf Daseking (Freiburg)

Michaela Brüel (Copenhagen)

Maria Jaakkola (Helsinki)

Marta Moretti (Venice)

Luis Andrés Orive and Rebeca Dios Lema (Vitoria-Gasteiz)

Camilla Ween (London)

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Editorial Reviews

International Making Cities Livable

"This is essential reading for all those concerned with urban sustainability."
Landscape Architecture Magazine

"[Beatley's] wide-ranging reporting and analysis of green-urbanist work, including his channeling of crucial ideas of campaction, is foundational for clear thinking on the subject."
Chief Executive, The Prince’s Foundation - Hank Dittmar

"Timothy Beatley understands that sustainability is about building for the long term, and in assembling this important volume he has selected inspiring examples of durability and resilience in city building and place making. He gives us all reason to hope for our own cities."
Dean & Professor, U of Florida College of Design, Construction, & Planning - Christopher Silver

"Green Cities of Europe is the long awaited and much needed sequel to Beatley's pioneering Green Urbanism: Learning from European Cities. His updated overview of Europe's leadership in green urbanism is enhanced by case studies from practitioners and scholars who know these places so well."
University Prof. for Campus Sustainability, U of UT College of Arch. + Planning - Stephen A. Goldsmith

"Few books I use both in the classroom and in practice have had the level of transformative, transferable impact as Timothy Beatley's Green Urbanism. Now, with the expanded in-depth case studies presented in Green Cities of Europe, our toolbox for illustrating substantive change is redoubled."
Choice - D.E. Cleary

"The book includes many wonderful ideas and imparts a general sense of optimism; it will be a useful supplemental resource for students in urban studies programs."
Examiner - Ryan Smith

"Beatley makes a convincing argument supporting his contention that European cities are world leaders in sustainability efforts...Green Cities offers detailed insights into what some of the leading European cities are doing to promote sustainabiltiy."
Journal of the American Planning Association

"...an important update of his solo-authored 1999 book, Green Urbanism: Learning from European Cities."
Urban Review STL

"I've not yet visited Europe so I don't have personal experience to draw from, but now I want to go more than ever."
Urban Design

"...an encouraging read on 'the art of the possible'..."
Examiner

"Beatley makes a convincing argument supporting his contention that European cities are world leaders in sustainability efforts...Green Cities offers detailed insights into what some of the leading European cities are doing to promote sustainabiltiy."
CHOICE

"The book includes many wonderful ideas and imparts a general sense of optimism; it will be a useful supplemental resource for students in urban studies programs."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597269759
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 5/15/2012
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 1,095,280
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Timothy Beatley is Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities in the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning, in the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia, where he has taught for more than twenty years. He is the author of many books, including Biophilic Cities, Resilient Cities, and Green Urbanism (Island Press).

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: Why Study European Cities? Timothy Beatley 1

Chapter 2 Paris, France: A 21st-century Eco-City Lucie Laurian 29

Chapter 3 Freiburg, Germany: Germany's Eco-Capital Dale Medearis Wulf Daselting 65

Chapter 4 Copenhagen, Denmark: Green City amid the Finger Metropolis Michaela Brüel 83

Chapter 5 Helsinki, Finland: Greenness and Urban Form Maria Jaakkola 109

Chapter 6 Venice, Italy: Balancing Antiquity and Sustainability Marta Moretti 129

Chapter 7 Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain: From Urban Greenbelt to Regional Green Infrastructure Luis Andrés Orive Rebeca Dios Lema 155

Chapter 8 London, England: A Global and Sustainable Capital City Camilla Ween 181

Chapter 9 Conclusion: Green Cities of Europe as Compelling Models Timothy Beatley 215

Contributors 225

Index 227

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