Resilient Cities: Responding to Peak Oil and Climate Change / Edition 2

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Overview

With inefficient transportation systems and poorly designed buildings, many cities-especially in the U.S.-consume enormous quantities of fossil fuels and emit high levels of greenhouse gases. While some cities could be headed for collapse, the authors of this spirited book believe that intelligent planning and visionary leadership can help cities overcome the impending crises of peak oil and climate change. Resilient Cities draws on existing initiatives from around the world to demonstrate the potential for urban resilience and presents practical solutions for our planet's growing cities.
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Editorial Reviews

Journal of Urban Design
"This is a useful and creative book, summarizing considerable experience and constructive ideas about ways to cut carbon emissions in cities and increase their resilience at the same time."
Nussdorf Professor, Dept. of City & Regional Planning, School of Design, Univers - Eugenie L. Birch
"This is the book that we city planners have been waiting for! Powerful, persuasive and instructive, Resilient Cities offers the first comprehensive overview of how to achieve sustainability in our cities."
Professor, School of Community & Regional Planning, University of British Columb - William E. Rees
"Unwilling to accept the collapse of our cities as an option, Newman, Beatley and Boyer have created a vision of possibilities, an inspiring artist's sketch of potentially viable and resilient urban futures."
mayor of Seattle, Washington - Greg Nickels
"The opportunities of the twenty-first century make those of us who care about cities feel like kids in a candy store: How will cities survive and lead the way in the transformation required to combat global warming? Resilient Cities gives us a road map for this epic journey upon which we are embarking."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597264990
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 1/9/2009
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 184
  • Sales rank: 565,749
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Newman is professor of sustainability at Curtin University in Western Australia. He is the author of Cities as Sustainable Ecosystems (Island Press, 2007). Timothy Beatley is Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities at the University of Virginia. His books include Green Urbanism (Island Press, 2000) and Ecology of Place (Island Press, 1997). Heather Boyer is senior editor at Island Press and 2005 Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

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Table of Contents

1 Urban resilience : cities of fear and hope 1

2 Climate change and peak oil : the double whammy for resource-intensive cities 15

3 Four scenarios for the future of cities : collapse, ruralized, divided, or resilient city 35

4 A vision for resilient cities : the built environment 55

5 Hope for resilient cities : transport 86

6 Conclusion : ten strategic steps toward a resilient city 112

References 149

Index 161

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