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Half of the worlds inhabitants now live in cities. In the next twenty years, the number of urban dwellers will swell to an estimated five billion people. With their inefficient transportation systems and poorly designed buildings, many cities—especially in the United States—consume enormous quantities of fossil fuels and emit high levels of greenhouse gases. But our planet is rapidly running out of the carbon-based fuels that have powered urban growth for centuries and we seem to be unable to curb our greenhouse gas emissions. Are the worlds cities headed for inevitable collapse?
 
The authors of this spirited book dont believe that oblivion is necessarily the destiny of urban areas. Instead, they believe that intelligent planning and visionary leadership can help cities meet the impending crises, and look to existing initiatives in cities around the world. Rather than responding with fear (as a legion of doomsaying prognosticators have done), they choose hope. First, they confront the problems, describing where we stand today in our use of oil and our contribution to climate change. They then present four possible outcomes for cities: ”collapse,” “ruralized,”  “divided,” and “resilient.” In response to their scenarios, they articulate how a new “sustainable urbanism” could replace todays “carbon-consuming urbanism.” They address in detail how new transportation systems and buildings can be feasibly developed to replace our present low efficiency systems. In conclusion, they offer ten “strategic steps” that any city can take toward greater sustainability and resilience.
 
This is not a book filled with “blue sky” theory (although blue skies will be a welcome result of its recommendations). Rather, it is packed with practical ideas, some of which are already working in cities today. It frankly admits that our cities have problems that will worsen if they are not addressed, but it suggests that these problems are solvable. And the time to begin solving them is now.

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It has become increasingly clear that global recession is more closely tied to fossil fuel than it is to subprime mortgages and speculation. According to Newman (sustainability, Curtin U., Australia) and his co-authors, also experts in sustainability and design, the crisis started in about 2005 when relatively cheap fuel production peaked and the statistics proved our carbon footprints were eclipsing the earth's resources. Armed with the most recent research, the authors show that all urban areas on the planet must adjust, but cities that are less dependent on fossil fuels are better able to handle reduced resources and efforts toward sustainability. For example, cities with adequate mass transit and sustainable urban building practices can reduce suburban sprawl and also rely less on subprime mortgages to house a growing population. Newman and his co-authors do not offer a quick fix or unrealistic ideas, but deal with sustainability as a long-term goal with severe consequences. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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The authors of this spirited book don't believe that oblivion is necessarily the destiny of urban areas. Instead, they believe that intelligent planning and visionary leadership can help cities meet the impending crises, and look to existing initiatives in cities around the world. Rather than responding with fear (as a legion of doomsaying prognosticators have done), they choose hope. This is not a book filled with "blue sky" theory (although blue skies will be a welcome result of its recommendations). Rather, it is packed with practical ideas, some of which are already working in cities today. It frankly admits that our cities have problems that will worsen if they are not addressed, but it suggests that these problems are solvable. And the time to begin solving them is now.

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About 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.

Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

 

Chapter 1. Urban Resilience: Cities of Fear and Hope

Chapter 2. Climate Change and Peak Oil: The Double Whammy for Resource-Intensive Cities

Chapter 3. Scenarios for the Future of Cities: Collapse, Ruralized, Divided, or Resilient City

Chapter 4. A Vision for Resilient Cities: The Built Environment

Chapter 5. Hope for Resilient Cities: Transport

Chapter 6. Conclusion: Ten Strategic Steps toward a Resilient City

 

References

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781597264990
Subtitle:
Responding to Peak Oil and Climate Change
Author:
Newman, Peter
Author:
Boyer, Heather
Author:
Beatley, Timothy
Author:
Boyer, Heather M.
Publisher:
Island Press
Subject:
Sustainable Development
Subject:
City planning
Subject:
Sociology - Urban
Subject:
Planning
Subject:
Development - Sustainable Development
Subject:
Public Policy - City Planning & Urban Dev.
Subject:
Business-Manufacturing and Product Development
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1
Publication Date:
20090109
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
184
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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