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City and Environment: An Introduction to Urban Environmental Issues Around the Globe

By: Christopher G Boone and Ali Modarres

240 pages, 10 tabs, 7 figs, 5 halftones

Temple University Press

Paperback | Dec 2006 | #161440 | ISBN: 1592132847
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Hardback | Aug 2006 | #161441 | ISBN: 1592132839
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From ancient Mesopotamia to post-modern Los Angeles, Boone and Modarres provide a broad sweep of the relationship between urbanization and the environment. Their goal is ambitious-to see how cities and nature can co-exist in more sustainable ways-and their arguments are well-developed, well-supported and provocative all at the same time. Both important and accessible, City and Environment is highly recommended.
-Manuel Pastor, Latin American and Latino Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz

For the first time in history, more than half the people of the world live in cities. Comprehending the impact of this widespread urbanization requires an awareness of the complex relationships between cities and natural ecosystems. This innovative book moves beyond the anti-urban lamentations that often dominate today's academic discourse to examine the evolution of cities and to illuminate the roles that humans play in shaping their environments, both natural and constructed.

Christopher G. Boone and Ali Modarres argue that understanding the multiple forces of urbanization requires a holistic approach to the interactions of social, cultural, economic, political, and environmental factors. Without casting judgments, City and Environment seeks to engage readers in an exploration of cities from a truly global perspective. Throughout, it illuminates the social-ecological systems of cities not as an academic exercise-although informing academic audiences is one of its goals-but ultimately to help transform cities into livable and ecologically sustainable environments.

Boone and Modarres' analysis of the relationship of cities with their environments incorporates a variety of important topics relevant to several disciplinary fields. Beginning with descriptions of different city types across history, the authors draw on a wealth of data...and convincingly demonstrate the importance of exploring how cities can be made into livable, desirable places. Choice


1: Urban Morphology and the Shaping of an Urban Ideal"; 2: Population, urbanization and environment; 3: Feeding Cities that Consume Farmland; 4: Urban Infrastructure: Living with the Consequences of Past Decisions and Opportunities for the Future; 5: Healthy Cities and Environmental Justice; 6: Green spaces, green governance, and planning

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