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Sustainable Cities for the Third Millennium: The Odyssey of Urban Excellence

Voula P. Mega

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ISBN 10: 1441960368 / ISBN 13: 9781441960368
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264 pages. Dimensions: 9.3in. x 6.4in. x 0.9in.This book offers a 360 degree view of the challenges facing cities at the dawn of the millennium in terms of growth, governance, institutions and infrastructures, environmental well-being, social integration, science, culture and the arts, urban renaissance and planning, local democracy and citizenship. One year afte the crisis that started in 2008, the book presents responses to overcome the crisis of values and engage in a sustainability path from European and world cities. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9781441960368

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Title: Sustainable Cities for the Third Millennium:...

Publisher: Springer

Binding: Hardcover

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At the dawn of the third millennium, planet Earth entered a zone of turbulence. The 2008 crisis added economic uncertainty to the threat of global warming and extreme events such as droughts, floods and cyclones, the persisting crisis of p- erty and the spectrum of pandemics and terrorism. Against this global landscape in an era of fragility, cities, already sheltering more than half of humankind, appear as Janus-faced realities, the best and worst of places, vulnerable but still full of hope and will to overcome the crisis of societal values and progress in the path of susta- able development. This book addresses the most critical challenges for cities, humanity’s collective masterpieces in danger, and analyses breakthrough responses for sustainable dev- opment, a globalisation with human face and the transition to inclusive post carbon communities. The ultimate wish is that experts, city planners, decision-makers and citizens in search of sustainable cities could find here some sources of information and inspiration to enhance the immense possibilities of cities and embrace the best possible trajectories of change.

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Cities are propellers of sustainable growth, theatres of values, schools of skills and abilities, beacons of culture and temples of citizen duties and rights. Aristotle called them “built politics”, places which have the noble aim to offer citizens a fulfilling and worthy life. Cities have always been beehives of cross-fertilised creativity, the only places where people and resources congregate at a point beyond which synergetic effects become more important than the simply additive ones. The book offers a 360˚ view of the challenges facing cities at the dawn of the millennium in terms of growth, governance, environmental well-being, social inclusion, science, culture and the arts, urban renaissance and planning. One year after the crisis that started in 2008, the book presents responses to overcome the crisis of values and engage in a sustainability path from European and world cities. It tries to distil useful messages for all cities wishing to adopt bolder and better policy initiatives. Each chapter focuses on an essential dimension of the sustainable city and presents, in a nutshell, visions and actions of cities that herald meaningful far-reaching change.

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