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Planning for Sustainability Creating Livable, Equitable and Ecological Communities

ISBN-10: 0415322863
ISBN-13: 9780415322867
Edition: 2004
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Description: Existing patterns of urbanization are unsustainable in the long run. Current development practices consume enormous amounts of land and resources, damage local ecosystems, produce pollutants, create huge inequalities between groups of people, and  More...

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Book details

List price: $73.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 10/28/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Existing patterns of urbanization are unsustainable in the long run. Current development practices consume enormous amounts of land and resources, damage local ecosystems, produce pollutants, create huge inequalities between groups of people, and undermine local community and quality of life. Unfortunately planning has itself led to many unsustainable development practices. Planning for Sustainabilitypresents a straightforward, systematic analysis of how more sustainable cities and towns can be brought about. It does so in a highly readable manner that considers in turn each scale of planning: international, national, regional, municipal, neighborhood, site, and building. In the process it illustrates how sustainability initiatives at these different scales interrelate and how an overall framework can be developed for more liveable communities.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The need for change
The role of planning
Levels of government and scales of planning
Recent trends in urban planning and design
Sustainable development
Roots of the concept
Definitions and perspectives
Modernist, postmodernist, and ecological worldviews
The role of values and institutions
Theory of sustainability planning
Elements of the sustainability planning approach
Past perspectives on planning
Situating sustainability planning within planning theory
Planning and power
Planners' roles
Planning and the Three Es
Sustainability and the environment
Sustainability and economics
Sustainability and equity
Issues central to sustainability planning
Growth management and land use planning
Urban design
Housing
Transportation
Environmental protection and restoration
Energy and materials use
Green architecture and building
Equity and environmental justice
Economic development
Population
Tools for sustainability planning
Planning processes
Sustainability indicators
Ecological footprint analysis
Other research and analytic tools
Institutions and policy mechanisms
Education, communication, and consensus-building
Organizing and coalition-building
International planning
Institutions
International planning issues
Sustainability issues in industrialized vs. less-developed countries
National planning
Who plans at a national scale?
National sustainability frameworks
National planning issues
State and provincial planning
Who plans at the state and provincial scale?
State or provincial planning issues
Regional planning
Types of regions
Who plans regions?
Regional sustainability issues
Local government planning
Who plans at the local level?
Local sustainability issues
Comprehensive local sustainability plans
Neighborhood planning
Who does neighborhood planning?
Neighborhood sustainability issues
Site planning and architecture
Who plans at the site and building scale?
Sustainable site design issues
Ecological architecture
How do we get there from here?
Developing an awareness of opportunities
A strategic perspective
Dealing with power and improving democracy
An agenda for the future
Notes
Bibliography

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