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Building on the success of its second edition, the third edition of the Sustainable Urban Development Reader provides a generous selection of classic and contemporary readings giving a broad introduction to this topic. It begins by tracing the roots of the sustainable development concept in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, before presenting readings on a number of dimensions of the sustainability concept.

Topics covered include land use and urban design, transportation, ecological planning and restoration, energy and materials use, economic development, social and environmental justice, and green architecture and building. All sections have a concise editorial introduction that places the selection in context and suggests further reading. Additional sections cover tools for sustainable development, international sustainable development, visions of sustainable community and case studies from around the world. The book also includes educational exercises for individuals, university classes, or community groups, and an extensive list of recommended readings.

The anthology remains unique in presenting a broad array of classic and contemporary readings in this field, each with a concise introduction placing it within the context of this evolving discourse. The Sustainable Urban Development Reader presents an authoritative overview of the field using original sources in a highly readable format for university classes in urban studies, environmental studies, the social sciences, and related fields. It also makes a wide range of sustainable urban planning-related material available to the public in a clear and accessible way, forming an indispensable resource for anyone interested in the future of urban environments.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415453813
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/20/2008
  • Series: Routledge Urban Reader Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 0.75 (w) x 0.97 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen M. Wheeler is Assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Design at The University of California at Davis, and Timothy Beatley is Professor of Sustainable Communities in the school of Architecture at the university of Virginia.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. 1 Origins of the Sustainability Concept 5
The Three Magnets 11
Cities and the Crisis of Civilization 15
The Land Ethic 20
Orthodox Planning and The North End 30
Plight and Prospect 35
The Development of Underdevelopment 38
Perspectives, Problems, and Models 42
The Steady-State Economy 47
Towards Sustainable Development 53
"The Rio Declaration on Environment and Development", "Introduction to Chapter 7" from Agenda 21 and the "Istanbul Declaration on Human Settlements" 58
Pt. 2 Dimensions of Urban Sustainability 67
The Next American Metropolis 73
Outdoor Space and Outdoor Activities 81
Transit and the Metropolis: Finding Harmony 89
Traffic Calming 97
Bicycling Renaissance in North America? 104
City and Nature 113
Land Development and Endangered Species: Emerging Conflicts 116
What Is Restoration? 120
The Metabolism of Cities 125
Waste as a Resource 133
People-of-Color Environmentalism 143
Domesticating Urban Space 150
The Economic System and Natural Environments 159
Natural Capitalism 162
Import Replacement 171
Design, Ecology, Ethics and the Making of Things 181
Principles of Green Architecture 188
Sustainability and Building Codes 193
Pt. 3 Tools for Sustainability Planning 199
Urban Sustainability Reporting 203
What Is an Ecological Footprint? 211
Seeing Change 220
A Progressive Politics of Meaning 225
Pt. 4 Sustainable Urban Development Internationally 233
Urban Planning in Curitiba 237
Planning for Sustainability in European Cities: A Review of Practice in Leading Cities 249
Collective Action Toward a Sustainable City: Citizens' Movements and Environmental Politics in Taipei 259
Pt. 5 Visions of Sustainable Community 275
The Town-Country Magnet 279
"The Streets of Ecotopia's Capital" and "Car-Less Living in Ecotopia's New Towns" 282
Description of Abbenay 288
Pt. 6 Case Studies of Urban Sustainability 293
Urban sustainability at the building and site scale 297
Urban sustainability at the neighborhood or district scale 301
Urban sustainability at the city and regional scale 307
Pt. 7 Sustainability Planning Exercises 317
Further reading 335
Illustration credits 338
Copyright information 340
Index 343
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