The Future of Sustainable Cities

Critical Reflections

Edited by John Flint and Mike Raco

The Future of Sustainable Cities

Edited by John Flint and Mike Raco

Distributed for Bristol University Press

272 pages | 6 3/4 x 9 1/2
Paper $45.95 ISBN: 9781847426666 Published February 2012 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $116.00 ISBN: 9781847426673 Published February 2012 For sale in North and South America only
What effects have the economic downturn and credit crunch had on efforts to develop more sustainable cities? This groundbreaking book investigates how urban sustainability is being radically rethought—conceptually and politically—in our new economic climate. Prominent scholars analyze changes in key areas of urban planning, including housing, transportation, and the environment, and map out core areas for future research. An important survey of a rapidly changing field, The Future of Sustainable Cities will be essential for students of urban studies, geography, and sociology.
Section 1: Introduction: The 'New' politics of sustainable urbanism
Introduction: Characterising the 'new' politics of sustainability: From managing growth to coping with crisis ~ Mike Raco and John Flint
The sustainable city: an obituary? On the future form and prospects of sustainable urbanism ~ Mark Whitehead
Sustainable communities and English spatial policy ~ Allan Cochrane
Constructions of the carbon city ~ Will Eadson

Section 2: Building the sustainable city: Policy fields, current issues and themes
The property industry and the construction of urban spaces: crisis or opportunity? ~ Tim Dixon
Emerging strategies of urban reproduction and the pursuit of low carbon cities ~ Harriet Bulkeley, Mike Hodson and Simon Marvin
Transport in a sustainable urban future ~ Iain Docherty and Jon Shaw
Understanding UK sustainable housing policy ~ Chris Pickvance

Section 3: Placing sustainability: Contexts and conflicts
Urban ecological accounting: A new calculus for planning urban parks in the era of sustainability ~ Sarah Dooling
Neighbourhood Sustainability: Residents' perceptions and perspectives ~ John Flint
Global city planning ~Peter Newman
Conclusions: Towards new politics of urban sustainability ~ John Flint and Mike Raco
Review Quotes
Mark Tewdwr-Jones, University College London

 "Ideas of creating more sustainable cities are not new, but the economic downturn and the need for ongoing austerity measures have placed sustainability at the heart of political debates globally and within nation states. This book offers a fresh debate into the relationship between economic growth and the wider needs of societies and new insights into how places manage and cope with global crises, and questions the dominance of neo-liberal thinking."

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