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Eco-Cities: A Planning Guide

By: Zhifeng Yang(Author)

614 pages, 134 b/w illustrations, 179 tables

CRC Press

Hardback | Oct 2012 | #200319 | ISBN-13: 9781439883228
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This handbook provides an overview of urban ecosystem structures, functions, and changes and discusses how to successfully accomplish eco-city planning based on government requirements. It adds a new dimension to the understanding and the application of the concept of urban sustainability, based on hypotheses about the social and biogeophysical processes and through many cases worldwide. It covers the total urban metabolism using emergy and exergy as very holistic indicators. This is a nice advance in theory as well as application and makes the book original and valuable to an audience interested in the problem of rapid urbanization.

"Eco-Cities: A Planning Guide is an essential guidebook to a powerful new way of understanding the relationships between humans and nature in the context of our modern urban ecosystems. Providing a comprehensive theoretical basis, several case studies, and the explanation of very innovative methodologies for integrated urban ecosystem assessment, this book will become a key reference for students, scientists, professionals, and policy makers interested in planning and managing sustainable cities."
- Pier Paolo Franzese, Senior Researcher in Ecology and Assistant Professor of Environmental and Energy Assessment, Parthenope University of Naples, Italy

"What fascinates me most is the detailed Chinese eco-city cases and specific eco-city planning processes. Anyone interested in the 'how and why' of Chinese eco-city planning history and processes would do well to use this book as a starting point."
- Guoqian Chen, Division of Climate Change Thermodynamics and Systems Ecology, College of Engineering, Peking University

"... Overall, the book is a needed contribution in combining concepts of ecology and urbanism and in moving sustainable development from theory to practice."
- Brian D. Fath, Towson University, Maryland, USA


Theoretical Bases

Eco-city Planning Theories and Thoughts
Meirong Su, Linyu Xu, Bin Chen, and Zhifeng Yang

Integrated Urban Ecosystem Assessments
Meirong Su, Zhifeng Yan, Linyu Xu, Gengyuan Liu, Sergio Ulgiati, Yan Zhang, and Sven Erik Jørgensen

Planning of Ecological Spatial System
Guangjin Tian and Lixiao Zhang

Planning of Industry System
Jiansu Mao

Planning of Sustainable Energy and Air Pollution Prevention
Gengyuan Liu and Linyu Xu

Urban Water Environment Quality Improvement Plan
Yanwei Zhao and Zhifeng Yang

Eco-Habitat and Eco-Cultural System Planning
Yan Zhang and Meirong Su

Urban Ecological Planning Regulation
Bin Chen, Lixiao Zhang, and Zhifeng Yang

Case Studies

Eco-City Guangzhou Plan
Linyu Xu and Zhifeng Yang

Eco-City Xiamen Plan
Linyu Xu, Zhifeng Yang, and Yanwei Zhao

Eco-City Baotou Plan
Yan Zhang, Yanwei Zhao, Meirong Su, Jiansu Mao, Gengyuan Liu, and Zhifeng Yang

Eco-City Wuyishan Plan
Lixiao Zhang, Linyu Xu, Yan Zhang, Meirong Su, and Zhifeng Yang

Eco-City Wanzhou Plan
Yanwei Zhao, Linyu Xu, Meirong Su, Gengyuan Liu, and Zhifeng Yang

Eco-City Jingdezhen Plan
Yan Zhang, Lixiao Zhang, Yanwei Zhao, Meirong Su, Gengyuan Liu, and Zhifeng Yang

Assessment of Sustainability for a City by the Application of a Work Energy Balance and a Carbon Cycling Model
Sven Erik Jørgensen and Michela Marchi


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