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Urbanism in the Age of Climate Changeby Peter Calthorpe
Synopses & Reviews
Cities are green” is becoming a common refrain. But Calthorpe argues that a more comprehensive understanding of urbanism at the regional scale provides a better platform to address climate change. In this groundbreaking new work, he shows how such regionally scaled urbanism can be combined with green technology to achieve not only needed reductions in carbon emissions but other critical economies and lifestyle benefits. Rather than just providing another checklist of new energy sources or one dimensional land use alternatives, he combines them into comprehensive national growth scenarios for 2050 and documents their potential impacts. In so doing he powerfully demonstrates that it will take an integrated approach of land use transformation, policy changes, and innovative technology to transition to a low carbon economy.
To accomplish this Calthorpe synthesizes thirty years of experience, starting with his ground breaking work in sustainable community design in the 1980s following through to his current leadership in transit-oriented design, regional planning, and land use policy. Peter Calthorpe shows us what is possible using real world examples of innovative design strategies and forward-thinking policies that are already changing the way we live.
This provocative and engaging work emerges from Calthorpes belief that, just as the last fifty years produced massive changes in our culture, economy and environment, the next fifty will generate changes of an even more profound nature. The book, enhanced by its superb four-color graphics, is a call to action and a road map for moving forward.
According to Urbanism in the Age of Climate Change, relentless and thoughtless development have created a way of living that brings us to a point of reckoning regarding energy, climate change and the way we shape our communities. The answer to these crises is Sustainable Development, a thoughtful combination of good Urbanism with renewable energy sources, state of the art conservation techniques, new green technologies, and integrated services and utilities. Sustainable Urbanism, the most recent result of Peter Calthorpes forward thinking, provides all the inherent benefits of Urbanism amplified by a new generation of ecological design, smart grids, climate responsive buildings, electric cars, and next-generation transit systems.
This clearly written and beautifully designed book is an exploration of the challenges and potential shifts in our culture, economy, and environment and the ways they can affect the future of our communities.
About the Author
Peter Calthorpe is a leading innovator in sustainable design, planning, and development. He is an architect, urban designer and a founding member of the Congress for New Urbanism, formed in 1992 to promote sustainable urban design practices. He is the author of The Regional City: Planning for the End of Sprawl (Island Press, 2001). He won the 2006 Urban Land Institutes J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development for his work pioneering walkable communities and regional design.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Urbanism and Climate Change
Chapter 2. The Fifty Year Experiment
Chapter 3. Toward a Green Urban Future
Chapter 4. Design for Urbanism
Chapter 5. The Urban Footprint
Chapter 6. The Urban Network
Chapter 7. The California Experiment
Chapter 8. Four American Futures
Chapter 9. A Sustainable Future
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