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About this book
About this book
Urban areas produce a series of environmental problems that arise from the consumption of natural resources and the consequent generation of waste and pollution. These problems are continuing to grow and new solutions, without adverse effects, therefore need to be developed in order to maintain the quality of life desired by the community. This volume contains most of the papers presented at the Second International Conference on the Sustainable City, and addresses the many interrelated aspects of the urban environment together with the importance of finding sustainable solutions. Almost 100 contributions from a variety of specialists working in many different countries are included. These are divided under the following headings: strategy and development; planning, development and management; restructuring and renewal; cultural heritage and architectural issues; land use and management; environmental management; the community and the city; public safety and security; traffic and transportation; transport environment and integration; agriculture and the city; and energy resources.
Section 1 Strategy and development: Global perspectives in sustainable urban environments; Toward sustainable cities: priorities in economics, ecology and education; A comparative tale of two cities in search of sustainability: London and Seattle; Sustainable urban design paradigm: twenty five simple things to do to make an urban neighborhood sustainable; Towards more sustainable cities: the Urban Management and Sustainable Development Project - in Latin America and the Caribbean; Ecopolis - search for sustainable cities in Russia; The role of technologies of the information and the communication in the sustainable planning; Eco-tech cities: Smart metabolism for a green urbanism; Property tax based revenue collection GIS in the developing cities - a new approach for sustainable urban development; The spirituality of brownfields redevelopment; Self-organization as a resource for a sustainable city planning. Section 2 Planning, development and management: Integrated water management as a tool for sustainable urban regeneration; Methodology based on qualitative reasoning: measuring the evolution level of sustainability in a city; Reconfiguring urban topography - new paradigms for older cities; Peri-urban areas of South African cities: innovative technologies for sustainability; Design for sustainability in the Hill Road Corridor precinct, Millenium Parklands, Homebush Bay, Sydney, Australia; A proposal for the constitution of a river park in Volla (Naples, Italy); Intra-metropolitan migration and the expansion of spontaneous settlements on the Tehran Metropolitan Fringe; Measuring sustainability at the communal level; Patterns of inner-city migration in Ankara; Composing indicators in a multi-layered perspective: toward a hermeneutics of local sustainability; Design criteria for new settlements through an interdisciplinary approach; Row houses in Taiwan - a study of sustainable dwelling usage and size under environmental crisis; Sustainable Army installations; New housing schemes: urbanisation that incorporates nature; Solar City Gelsenkirchen: From thousand fires to thousand suns; The sustainable development and tourism; A participative strategic planning approach for the local development. Section 3 Restructuring and renewal: Sustainability in three dimensions - the importance of improving the use of space and life span beside technological efficiency; The green zones, main factor of urban regeneration and of city sustainability; The operational capacities of evaluation in urban regeneration policies: some issues from Portugal; Participatory development and the sustainable city: community forestry in Detroit. (part contents)