Synchronizing Science and Technology with Human Behaviour: The Co-Evolution of Sustainable Infrastructures

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Believing that technical and social realms are much more connected than most people concerned with sustainability tend to admit, the author has developed an innovative and practical text that encourages people to "co-design" technologies that make socially-desired behaviors more attractive. Written primarily at a community-initiative level, with practical case studies and guidelines for applying the concepts discussed, this will be invaluable for students of science and technology, regional policy and planning, and practitioners including city and regional planners, policymakers and consultants.

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Ralf Brand is a director of International Agenda 21 Consulting of the German Sustainability Performance Group and lecturer in the School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering at Queen's University, Belfast.

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"'A rare achievement, one of the first books to link technological and behavioural change to the sustainability agenda' Charles Landry, author of The Creative City 'Any course interested in sustainable development in practice would benefit from the case studies here' Dr Adrian Smith, SPRU Science and Technology Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex, UK"

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