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Local Sustainable Urban Development in a Globalized World

Edited By: Lauren Heberle and Susan Opp


Hardback | Aug 2010 | #172807 | ISBN-13: 9780754649946
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While 'sustainable development' is a key issue of concern to urban planners across the globe, how it is defined, implemented and measured at the local level remains highly contested and subject to a wide range of external cultural, political and economic pressures. Bringing together leading experts from North America, Europe, the Middle East and SE Asia, this book provides a timely overview of the various methods for understanding and implementing sustainable practices at local levels. In doing so, they present the wide range of local action alternatives available to planners that may be pursued in spite of the constraints generated by globalization processes and highlight the array of public policy options that could reduce the external pressures shaping the possible local alternatives.

The book argues that, while local planners and local authorities are willing to act, many are unaware of the range of options available to them.

In bringing together these case studies, not only diverse in geographic terms, but also reflecting very different levels of income, general population education, cultural norms, legal systems and government structures, it points out innovations and examples of best practice.


Sustainable urban development: local strategies as global solutions, Lauren C. Herbele; Alternative urban futures: designing urban infrastructures that prioritize human needs, are less damaging to the natural resource base, and produce less waste, Raquel Pinderhughes; Employing information and communication systems in planning processes to increase efficiency in sustainable urban development, Gerhard Steinbach, Robin Ganser and Simone Allin; Absolutely positively Wellington - a model for smart growth, Carlton C. Ely; Environmental quality and land use plans, a new development in the Netherlands, Jan Jaap de Boer; From a standard-orientated to an integral quality-oriented approach, Jaap van Staalduine; Town planning models: a look at Polish cities and sustainable development, Lidia Mierzejewska; The efficiency of land use conversion, Hai-Feng Hu and Tzu-Chia Chang; Moving toward urban sustainability: a comparison of the development of sustainability in Seattle and Minneapolis, Katrina M. Harmon; Assessing sustainability in urban planning: the potential and limitations of indicators as a means to measure and monitor outcomes of policy implementation, Robin Ganser; Measuring sustainability: the role of ecological footprinting in assessing the impact of development, Andrea Collins and Andrew Flynn; Regional environmental capacity for sustainable growth: a historical approach, Mamoru Taniguchi, Hirofumi Abe and Yoshiro Ono; Sustainability of urban transport: common strategies and individual actions, Marta Moreno and Juan Pedro Ruiz; Mobile vendors: persistence of local culture in the changing global economy of Bangkok, Kasama Polakit and Davisi Boontharm; Educational changes for sustainable cities: autonomous knowledge, Georgina Echaniz Pellicer; Edicating architects to address urban problems in building design, Singh Intrachootoo, Luke Yeung and Yaourai Suthiranart; Education into citizenship: environmental education, participatory democracy, and the precautionary principle, Karen Cairns; Public participation in achieving sustainability in central city neighborhoods, Ruth Yabes and David Pijawka; Balancing economic growth and social equity: less-educated workers in high-tech regions, Criseida Navarro-Diaz; Roles and realities, Susan M. Opp; Index.

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Dr Lauren Heberle and Dr Susan M. Opp are both lecturers at the Center for Environmental Policy and Management, University of Louisville, USA.

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