Ecocities Rebuilding Cities in Balance with Nature

ISBN-10: 0865715521
ISBN-13: 9780865715523
Edition: 2nd 2006 (Revised)
Authors: Richard Register
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List price: $29.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Consortium Book Sales & Distribution
Publication date: 4/1/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 7.50" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.628
Language: English

Most of the world's population now lives in cities. So if we are to address the problems of environmental deterioration and peak oil adequately, the city has to be a major focus of attention. Ecocities is about re-building cities and towns based on ecological principles for the long term sustainability, cultural vitality and health of the Earth's biosphere. Unique in the literature is the book's insight that the form of the city really matters __ and that it is within our ability to change it, and crucial that we do. Further, that the ecocity within its bioregion is comprehensible and do-able, and can produce a healthy and potentially happy future. Ecocities describes the place of the city in evolution, nature and history. It pays special attention to the key question of accessibility and transportation, and outlines design principles for the ecocity. The reader is encouraged to plunge in to its economics and politics: the kinds of businesses, planning and leadership required. The book then outlines the tools by which a gradual transition to the ecocity could be accomplished. Throughout, this new edition is generously illustrated with the author's own inspired visions of what such rebuilt cities might actually look like. Richard Register is one of the world's great theorists and authors in ecological city design and planning. The founder of Urban Ecology and Ecocity Builders, he convened the first International Ecocity Conference in 1990, lectures around the world, and has authored two previous books, as well as an earlier edition of Ecocities.

Anna Semlyen is car-free by choice. She rides a folding bicycle with basket or trailer, carpools, takes taxis and sometimes rents a car. A Traffic Reduction consultant in the UK, she has written for several magazines on the topic.Richard Register is one of the world's great theorists and authors in ecological city design and planning. The founder of Urban Ecology and Ecocity Builders, he convened the first International Ecocity Conference in 1990, lectures around the world, and has authored two previous books, as well as an earlier edition of EcoCities.

As we build, so shall we live
The city in evolution
The city in nature
The city in history
The city today
Access and transportation
What to build
Plunge on in!
Personal odyssey
Tools to fit the task
What the fast-breaking news may mean
Toward strategies for success
Afterword : rebuilding New Orleans

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