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Alternative Urban Futures Planning for Sustainable Development in Cities Throughout the World

ISBN-10: 0742523675
ISBN-13: 9780742523678
Edition: 2003
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Description: Alternative Urban Futures challenges existing models of urban development and promotes alternative paradigms, processes, and technologies designed to fulfill human needs and limit the harmful impacts of human activities on the environment.

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Book details

List price: $38.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/23/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Alternative Urban Futures challenges existing models of urban development and promotes alternative paradigms, processes, and technologies designed to fulfill human needs and limit the harmful impacts of human activities on the environment.

Acknowledgments
Preface
Introduction: Planning for Sustainable Urban Development
Development and the Environment
Paradigm Shifts
Urban Development
Sustainable Urban Development
Urban Water Quality, Supply, and Management
Water
Environmental and Social Impacts of Conventional Water Planning and Distribution Approaches
Groundwater
Large Diversion Schemes
Access to Sufficient and Clean Water Supply
Water Privatization
Conflicts over Water Resources
Shifting the Burden of Water Use
Inadequate and Poor Management of Water Resources
Moving Toward Sustainable Urban Water Management
Infrastructure Changes
Reducing Inefficiency and Overuse of Water in Households
Recapture and Reuse Water
Ecological Wastewater Treatment Strategies
Recognizing the True Cost of Water
Summary
Chapter Questions
Urban Solid Waste Disposal, Collection, and Management
Solid Waste
Environmental and Social Impacts of Conventional Solid Waste Disposal Approaches
Open Pit Dumping and Burning
Landfills
Sanitary Landfills
Incineration
Sustainable Solid Waste Planning and Management
Creating a Sustainable Materials Economy
Materials Management and Resource Recognition
Waste Disposal Taxes and Refund Deposit Strategies
Subsidies and Incentives
Reprocessing/Materials Exchange
Household and Small Business Waste Reduction and Recycling
Household Waste Collection in Informal Settlements
Individual Recycled Material Collectors
A Cautionary Word about Recycling
Reducing Organic Waste Accumulation: Composting
Summary
Chapter Questions
Urban Energy Supply and Management
Energy
World Energy Mix
Environmental and Social Impacts of Fossil Fuel Dependency
The Fossil Fuel Regime
Green Building and Design
Appropriate Technologies
Improving Household Biomass Systems
Renewable Energy
Wind Energy
Solar Energy: Photovoltaic
Solar Energy: Thermal
Summary
Chapter Questions
Urban Transportation Planning and Management
Transportation
Transportation Patterns in Developing Countries
Transportation Patterns in Industrialized Countries
Environmental and Social Impacts of Automobile Dependency
How the Transportation Infrastructure Promotes and Supports Automobile Use
Problems with Automobile Dependency
Sustainable Urban Transportation Planning
Increasing Mass Transit Options and Mass Transit Ridership
Increasing the Role of Bicycles
Increasing the Role of Workbikes and Cycle Rickshaws
Creating Pedestrian-Friendly Infrastructures
Alternative Automotive Systems, Fuels, and Designs
Summary
Chapter Questions
Urban Food Production
Food
Environmental and Social Impacts of Industrial Agriculture and Corporate Food Systems
The Connection between Food and Other Planning Concerns
Urban Agriculture
Ancient Traditions and Current Practices
Incorporating Urban Agriculture and Food-Related Issues into Urban Planning Concerns
Multiple Benefits of Urban Agriculture: Waste Reduction, Soil Health, Public Health
Food Production in Cities
Urban Agriculture in Africa
Urban Agriculture in Asia and Southeast Asia
Urban Agriculture in Latin America and the Caribbean
Urban Agriculture in Europe, Canada, and the United States
The Role of Urban Authorities
Planning and Development to Support Sustainable Urban Food Production
Summary
Chapter Questions
Toward Sustainable Development Planning in Cities
Alternative Urban Futures
Bibliography
Index
About the Author

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