Growing Greener Cities: Urban Sustainability in the Twenty-First Century

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Eugenie Birch, Susan Wachter
University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008 - 392 sider

Nineteenth-century landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted described his most famous project, the design of New York's Central Park, as "a democratic development of highest significance." Over the years, the significance of green in civic life has grown. In twenty-first-century America, not only open space but also other issues of sustainability—such as potable water and carbon footprints—have become crucial elements in the quality of life in the city and surrounding environment. Confronted by a U.S. population that is more than 70 percent urban, growing concern about global warming, rising energy prices, and unabated globalization, today's decision makers must find ways to bring urban life into balance with the Earth in order to sustain the natural, economic, and political environment of the modern city.

In Growing Greener Cities, a collection of essays on urban sustainability and environmental issues edited by Eugenie L. Birch and Susan M. Wachter, scholars and practitioners alike promote activities that recognize and conserve nature's ability to sustain urban life. These essays demonstrate how partnerships across professional organizations, businesses, advocacy groups, governments, and individuals themselves can bring green solutions to cities from London to Seattle. Beyond park and recreational spaces, initiatives that fall under the green umbrella range from public transit and infrastructure improvement to aquifer protection and urban agriculture.

Growing Greener Cities offers an overview of the urban green movement, case studies in effective policy implementation, and tools for measuring and managing success. Thoroughly illustrated with color graphs, maps, and photographs, Growing Greener Cities provides a panoramic view of urban sustainability and environmental issues for green-minded city planners, policy makers, and citizens.

 

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Indhold

Why Cities Are Greening Now ll
13
Growing Greener Regions
28
The Greening of London and
46
A Public Realm Approach
60
Growing Greener New York Style
84
Expanding Affordable Housing
106
Recovering Ecological Services
127
The Role of Citizen Activists in Urban Infrastructure
152
Transformation Through Greening
227
Community Development Finance and the Green City
244
Growing Edible Cities
259
Ecosystem Services and the Green City
281
Its Functions Benefits and Values
294
How They Matter for Urban
316
What Makes Todays Green City?
346
Afterword
364

Why They Work and Why They Have Been
170
The Roots of the Urban Greening Movement
187
Leveraging Media for Social Change
207
List of Contributors
381
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Om forfatteren (2008)

Eugenie L. Birch is Lawrence C. Nussdorf Professor of Urban Research and Education and Chair of the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design. Susan M. Wachter is Richard B. Worley Professor of Financial Management and Professor of Real Estate and Finance at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Together, they direct the Penn Institute for Urban Research and are the coeditors of Rebuilding Urban Places After Disaster: Lessons from Hurricane Katrina, also available from the University of Pennsylvania Press.

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