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The future of sustainable cities
Critical reflections

John Flint, Mike Raco
Hardback, 272 pages, 240 x 172 mm
Other formats available
26 Oct 2011


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"Bringing together leading scholars to discuss some of the most pressing concerns about the future condition of our cities, this exciting volume offers a necessary rethink about the challenges confronting sustainable urban development following 'the crisis', and deserves a wide readership among students, academics and policy makers."
Gordon MacLeod, Durham University
"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."
Mark Tewdwr-Jones, Bartlett School of Planning, University College London

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This book investigates how the meanings and politics of urban sustainability are being radically rethought in response to the economic downturn and the credit crunch. In this ground-breaking contribution, prominent scholars provide up to date coverage of the impacts of recent changes on key areas of urban planning, including housing, transport, and the environment, and map out core areas for future research.

Author Biography

John Flint is Professor of Professor of Town and Regional Planning in the Department of Town and Regional Planning at the University of Sheffield, UK. Mike Raco is Professor of Urban Governance and Development at the Bartlett School of Planning, University College London. He previously worked at King's College London.


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.


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