Modern city dwellers are largely detached from the environmental effects of their daily lives. The sources of the water they drink, the food they eat, and the energy they consume are all but invisible, often coming from other continents, and their waste ends up in places beyond their city boundaries.
Cities as Sustainable Ecosystems shows how cities and their residents can begin to reintegrate into their bioregional environment, and how cities themselves can be planned with nature’s organizing principles in mind. Taking cues from living systems for sustainability strategies, Newman and Jennings reassess urban design by exploring flows of energy, materials, and information, along with the interactions between human and non-human parts of the system.
Drawing on examples from all corners of the world, the authors explore natural patterns and processes that cities can emulate in order to move toward sustainability. Some cities have adopted simple strategies such as harvesting rainwater, greening roofs, and producing renewable energy. Others have created biodiversity parks for endangered species, community gardens that support a connection to their foodshed, and pedestrian-friendly spaces that encourage walking and cycling.
A powerful model for urban redevelopment, Cities as Sustainable Ecosystems describes aspects of urban ecosystems from the visioning process to achieving economic security to fostering a sense of place.
"Perhaps just in time, Newman and Jennings provide us with all the theory and practice we need to salvage urban civilization. Their excellent book is now the best available guide to the reinvention of cities as sustainable regional ecosystems, human settlements that thrive on much-reduced eco-footprints." --William E. Rees "Professor, School of Community and Regional Planning, University of British Columbia " "Cities as Sustainable Ecosystems advances an important idea about the relevance of systems thinking to design at the community and urban scale. Scaling up is a critical aspect to how we all need to be thinking; this book is an excellent guidepost." --William McDonough "William McDonough + Partners " ""Cities as Sustainable Ecosystems" advances an important idea about the relevance of systems thinking to design at the community and urban scale. Scaling up is a critical aspect to how we all need to be thinking; this book is an excellent guidepost."--William McDonough "William McDonough + Partners "
|Introducing Cities as Sustainable Ecosystems||p. 2|
|Economy and Society||p. 32|
|Ecological Footprints||p. 80|
|Modeling Cities on Ecosystems||p. 92|
|Sense of Place||p. 144|
|Empowerment and Participation||p. 156|
|Sustainable Production and Consumption||p. 188|
|Governance and Hope||p. 216|
|Extracts from the "Local Government Declaration to the World Summit on Sustainable Development," 2002||p. 242|
|The Carbon Cycle||p. 244|
|The Nitrogen Cycle||p. 246|
|The Phosphorus Cycle||p. 248|
|The Hydrological Cycle||p. 250|
|Online Resources||p. 265|
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Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 1st March 2010
Publisher: Island Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.8 x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Number: 2