Sustainability and Cities examines the urban aspect of sustainability issues, arguing that cities are a necessary focus for that global agenda The authors make the case that the essential character of a citys land use results from how it manages its transportation, and that only by reducing our automobile dependence will we be able to successfully accommodate all elements of the sustainability agenda The book begins with chapters that set forth the notion of sustainability and how it applies to cities and automobile dependence The authors consider the changing urban economy in the information age, and describe the extent of automobile dependence worldwide They provide an updated survey of global cities that examines a range of sustainability factors and indicators, and, using a series of case studies, demonstrate how cities around the world are overcoming the problem of automobile dependence They also examine the connections among transportation and other issuesincluding water use and cycling, waste management, and greening the urban landscapeand explain how all elements of sustainability can be managed simultaneously The authors end with a consideration of how professional planners can promote the sustainability agenda, and the ethical base needed to ensure that this critical set of issues is taken seriously in the worlds cities Sustainability and Cities will serve as a source of both learning and inspiration for those seeking to create sustainable cities, and is an important book for practitioners, researchers, and students in the fields of planning, geography, and public policy....
|Title||:||Sustainability and Cities: Overcoming Automobile Dependence|
|Publisher||:||Island Press None edition February 1, 1999|
|Number of Pages||:||464 pages|
|File Size||:||893 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Sustainability and Cities: Overcoming Automobile Dependence Reviews
The book made me stop and think how the automobile has influenced our culture and how it determines many of the decisions that I make. The book is a good read and well worth the price I paid for it.
Explains the issue at hand in a descriptive yet easy to follow manner.
In "The Life and Death of Great American Cities" written in the 1960s Jane Jacobs embraced complexity as a goal in itself. "How" she asked "can cities generate enough mixture among uses, enough diversity throughout enough of their territories, to sustain their own civilisation?" For Newman and Kenworthy the key idea is sustainability - "one of the most diversely applied concepts among academics and professionals discussing the future..." that "...has cut across all disciplines and professions and has developed many complexities." The car enters Newman and Kenworthy's consideration as a technology of widening individual choice. Why then is the car not the transport technology, par excellence? What unintended consequence has meant its proliferation has blighted the very thing it might have been expected to nurture?
A must-read for city planners, environmentalists, urban policymakers, and all those generally concerned with "smart growth," sustainability and a vision for the 21st century. Newman and Kenworthy make a clear case for the rethinking of our current pattern of development and why it just doesn't make sense. They offer an alternative pattern that is not only achievable, but attractive. Their study of global cities throughout the US, Canada, Europe, Asia, and Australia is clear and conclusive. And their vision is inspiring. American cities are making their comeback based on many of the principles expressed here. Read this book and share it with all those you know!
This book has provided a clear insight on sustainable transport strategies and policies which have been adopted in different countries. It is very well explained and I must say that it is the best piece the authors have actually written. It amalgamates the previous work carried out by the authors and therefore is an excellent reference book, which should be present in every transport planner's shelf and in every university.
This book is terrible. Absolute crap. I use it to support my couch, but even that task seems to bee too much for this pile of garbage.
This excellent book will give you the insight to understand how transportation and cities interact.
This book presents a right track of understanding and solving the problems of today cities.