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Bringing together classic readings from a wide variety of sources, this key book investigates how our cities and towns can become more sustainable.

Thirty-eight selections span issues such as land use planning, urban design, transportation, ecological restoration, economic development, resource use and equity planning. Section introductions outline the major themes, whilst the editors' introductions to the individual writings explain their interest and significance to wider debates. Additional sections present twenty-four case studies of real-world sustainable urban planning examples, sustainability planning exercises, and further reading.

Providing background in theory, practical application, and vision, in a clear, accessible format, The Sustainable Urban Development Reader is an essential resource for students, professionals, and indeed anyone interested in the future of urban environments.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415311878
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/12/2004
  • Series: Routledge Urban Reader Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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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