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Overview

As the need to confront unplanned growth increases, planners, policymakers, and citizens are scrambling for practical tools and examples of successful and workable approaches. Growth management initiatives are underway in the U.S. at all levels, but many American "success stories" provide only one piece of the puzzle. To find examples of a holistic approach to dealing with sprawl, one must turn to models outside of the United States.

In Green Urbanism, Timothy Beatley explains what planners and local officials in the United States can learn from the sustainable city movement in Europe. The book draws from the extensive European experience, examining the progress and policies of twenty-five of the most innovative cities in eleven European countries, which Beatley researched and observed in depth during a year-long stay in the Netherlands. Chapters examine: •the sustainable cities movement in Europe •examples and ideas of different housing and living options •transit systems and policies for promoting transit use, increasing bicycle use, and minimizing the role of the automobile •creative ways of incorporating greenness into cities •ways of readjusting "urban metabolism" so that waste flows become circular •programs to promote more sustainable forms of economic development •sustainable building and sustainable design measures and features •renewable energy initiatives and local efforts to promote solar energy •ways of greening the many decisions of local government including ecological budgeting, green accounting, and other city management tools.

Throughout, Beatley focuses on the key lessons from these cities -- including Vienna, Helsinki, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Zurich, Amsterdam, London, and Berlin -- and what their experience can teach us about effectively and creatively promoting sustainable development in the United States. Green Urbanism is the first full-length book to describe urban sustainability in European cities, and provides concrete examples and detailed discussions of innovative and practical sustainable planning ideas. It will be a useful reference and source of ideas for urban and regional planners, state and local officials, policymakers, students of planning and geography, and anyone concerned with how cities can become more livable.

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Editorial Reviews

Booknews
Beatley (urban and environmental planning, U. of Virginia-Charlottesville) takes examples from 25 innovative European cities on how to preserve green space, ease traffic congestion, and make cities more livable livable in other ways. He looks at the sustainable cities movement, transit systems and policies, renewable energy, sustainable forms of economic development, sustainable building, and generally green thinking in all decision making. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Andrew Wormer
Beatley's strategies for ecological governance and for the development of an environmentally sustainable local economy may appear idealistic, but he offers valuable reading on socially and environmentally critical issues.
Fine Homebuilding
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559636827
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1999
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 506
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Timothy Beatley is Teresa Heinz professor of Sustainable Communities at University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. His books include An Introduction to Coastal Zone Management (Island Press, 1994; 2nd ed., 2002), The Ecology of Place (Island Press, 1997), and Green Urbanism (Island Press, 2000).

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Pt. I Context and Background 1
Ch. 1 Introduction: Green Urbanism and the Lessons of European Cities 3
Pt. II Land Use and Community 27
Ch. 2 Land Use and Urban Form: Planning Compact Cities 29
Ch. 3 Creative Housing the Living Environments 76
Pt. III Transportation and Mobility in Green-Urban Cities 107
Ch. 4 Transit Cities: Public Transport Innovations and Priorities 109
Ch. 5 Taming the Auto: The Promise of Car-Free Cities 137
Ch. 6 Bicycles: Low-Tech Ecological Mobility 166
Pt. IV Green, Organic Cities 195
Ch. 7 Urban Ecology and Strategies for Greening the Urban Environment 197
Ch. 8 Urban Ecocylce Balancing: Toward Closed-Loop Cities 232
Ch. 9 Renewable Energy Cities: Living on Solar Income 251
Ch. 10 Building Ecologically: Designing Buildings and Neighborhoods with Nature in Mind 290
Pt. V Governance and Economy 325
Ch. 11 Ecological Governance in Green-Urban Cities 327
Ch. 12 Building a Sustainable Economy: Innovations in Restorative Commerce 369
Pt. VI Learning from Europe 405
Ch. 13 The Promise of Green Urbanism: Lessons from European Cities 407
References 429
App. A Individuals Interviewed 451
App. B Charter of European Cities and Towns: Towards Sustainability 462
Index 471
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