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Towards Sustainable Cities: East Asian, North American and European Perspectives on Managing Urban Regions

By: Peter J Marcotullio


Hardback | Mar 2004 | #167095 | ISBN: 0754637662
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While there has been much recent research into how to achieve sustainability in urban areas, most of this is specific to a particular region. This volume broadens these discussions by extending the analysis from North American and European cities to include East Asian cities. Many cities in Asia have deep historical roots, have sustained dense populations through time and have grown prosperous in recent decades. They also face significant environmental degradation and other planning challenges.

In bringing together and comparing strategies and experiences from three distinct global regions, this book offers insights and new perspectives on the challenges of moving towards greater urban sustainability. While questioning what strategies can promote sustainable cities in a global context, the book also illustrates that while formulae generated out of American and European experience cannot be universally applied, some of the analytical approaches and experience of the other developed countries can offer insights for those working in different contexts. It argues that managing urban change for greater urban sustainability in diverse regions requires detailed understanding of local issues and regional strategies as well as strong support from local communities.


Urban Sustainability Questions: Towards sustainable cities, Andre Sorensen, Peter J. Marcotullio and Jill Grant; Sustainable urbanism in historical perspective, Jill Grant; Why the Asian urbanization experience should make us think differently about planning approaches, Peter J. Marcotullio. Planning Strategies For More Sustainable Cities in North America and Europe: An inquiry into the promise and prospects of smart growth, Gerrit J. Knaap; Varieties of US growth management: lessons from New York and San Francisco, Rolf Pendall; Cross-border impacts of growth management programs - Portland, Oregon, and Clark County, Washington, Chang-Hee Christine Bae; Developing and employing sustainability indicators as a principal strategy in planning - experiences in the puget sound urban region of Washington State, Donald Miller; Sustainable Portland? A critique, and the Los Angeles counterpoint, Harry W. Richardson and Peter Gordon; Canada's experience in planning for sustainable development, Jill Grant; Coping with the growing complexity of our physical environment, Gert de Roo; Central Belgium, a "Park City" policy based on de-concentrated clustering, Jef Van den Broeck. Planning Strategies For More Sustainable Cities in Japan and Korea: Major issues of land management for more sustainable urban regions in Japan, Andre Sorensen; Empowerment in the Japanese planning context, Hideki Koizumi; Public participation in creating sustainable green structure plans, Mikiko Ishikawa; Sustainable community improvement in Japan - infill redevelopment where everyone can continue to live, Shigeru Sato; Reform of planning controls for an urban-rural continuum in Korea, Sang-Cheul Choe; Inner city growth management in Seoul - residential rebuilding boom and planning response, Kwang-Joong Kim; Housing supply or growth management for Seoul, Sang-Dae Lee. Conclusions - Towards land management policies for more sustainable cities, Jill Grant, Peter J. Marcotullio and Andre Sorensen.

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