Cities: Steering towards sustainability

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The twenty-first century is already an urban one. Cities are pivotal to sustainability concerns globalization, climate change, food security, environmental protection, and innovation.

Today s urban actors, both citizens and their leaders, have a major responsibility as trustees of the future: their present actions will influence the shape and structure of cities, so that the generation to come may live healthy and contended lives.

This volume takes the reader straight to the heart of how cities work, and identifies contemporary trends, mechanism and tools that can influence current strategies and choices.

The authors show that urbanization is not a problem per se for sustainable development, but rather that cities, in all their diversity and complexity, offer solutions as well as challenges.

The reader will be inspired by vital analyses of the next decade s windows of opportunity for sustainable urban growth.

Key Features:

  • Papers by leading international experts and scholars
  • New perspectives from 80 cities across five continents
  • Multiple maps, charts, timelines and thematic focus essays
  • A wealth of ideas for specialists and non-specialists alike (policy-makers, administrators, concerned citizens, development professionals, entrepreneurs, journalists, students and others)

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GENERAL OVERVIEW
Sustainable Development in 2009: A global perspective
Cities: Steering towards sustainability

PART I: ECONOMY
Globalization: An urban opportunity?
World Class Cities: Hubs of globalizations and high finance
Sao Paolo: Is fragmentation ineluctable?

PART II: ENVIRONMENT
India: When urban lifestyle determine the climate
Rethinking the city: Combining its form and flows
Africa: Improve both environmental and human health
The city returns to its hinterlands for natural resources

PART III: SOCIAL
Access to water and access to the city
Africa: Where and How to house urban citizens
Insecurity and Segregation: Rejecting an urbanism of fear

PART IV: GOVERNANCE
Inventing sustainable financing for cities
Bridging the ecologies of cities and of nature
When emerging cities set standards
City Networks: Expressing their needs, building expertise

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