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Cities and Sustainability

1st Edition

Edited by Joan Fitzgerald, Michael J. Motta Jr.


981 pages

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Hardback: 9780415670999
pub: 2012-09-10

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‘Sustainability’ is widely recognized as a key objective of urban development in the twenty-first century. But how is it realized in practice? What are its historical origins and its theoretical underpinnings? How does it connect to, or inform, related movements which seek to create more liveable cities, achieve more equitable development, or reduce greenhouse-gas emissions? What are the best examples of sustainable cities in practice, and how did they get there? Can ‘megacities’ really be sustainable? And how do sustainability aspirations compare between developed and developing nations?

These and other questions are addressed in this new three-volume collection from Routledge. Edited by two leading scholars in the field, the collection is a unique, one-stop reference resource enabling users to make sense of a huge—and rapidly growing—corpus of scholarship.

Volume I examines the history, theory, and approaches related to sustainability, including smart growth, the new urbanism, transit-orientated development, and environmental justice. Volume II, meanwhile, provides case studies of cities that have succeeded in their pursuit of sustainable development, coupled with instances of cities that have not been able to surmount political, organizational, or other barriers to sustainability. The number of cities of more than five million residents is expanding dramatically, and the vital question that frames the final volume is whether such ‘megacities’ are sustainably governable. The materials gathered here assemble the best and most influential thinking on governance for sustainability, and how ‘success’ should be measured.

With a full index, together with a comprehensive introduction, newly written by the editor, which places the collected material in its historical and intellectual context, Cities and Sustainability is an essential work of reference. The collection will be particularly useful as a database allowing scattered and often fugitive material to be easily located. It will also be welcomed as a useful tool permitting rapid access to less familiar—and sometimes overlooked—texts. For researchers, students, practitioners, and policy-makers, it is a vital one-stop research and pedagogic resource.

Table of Contents

Volume I: Theoretical Perspectives on Cities and Sustainability

1. Julian Agyemand and Tom Evans, ‘Toward Just Sustainability in Urban Communities: Building Equity Rights with Sustainable Solutions’, The Anals of the American Academy, 2003, 35–53.

2. Philip R. Berke, ‘The Evolution of Green Community Planning, Scholarship, and Practice’, Journal of the American Planning Association, 2008: 393-407.

3. Scott Campbell, ‘Green Cities, Growing Cities, Just Cities?’ Journal of the American Planning Association, 1996: ?

4. Ann Dale and Lenore Newman, ‘Sustainable Development For Some: Green Urban Development and Affordability’, Local Environment, 2009: 669-681.

5. David R. Godschalk, ‘Land Use Planning Challenges’, Journal of American Planning Association , 2004: 5-13.

6. Alan Grainger, ‘Introduction’, In Exploring Sustainable Development: Geographical Perspectives, by Martin Purvis and Alan Grainger, 2-14, 20-24. Sterling: Earthscan Publications Limited, 2004.

7. Rob Krueger and David Gibbs. ‘'Third Wave' Sustainability? Smart Growth and Regional Development in the USA’, Regional Studies, 2008, 1263–74.

8. William Lafferty, ‘Local Agenda 21: The Pursuit of Sustainable Development in Subnational Domains’, in Dimitri Devuyst, How Green is the City? Sustainability Assessment and the Management of Urban Environments (Columbia University Press, 2001), pp. 63–84.

9. Kkai Lee, ‘Urban Sustainability and the Limits of Classical Environmentalism’, Environment and Urbanization, 2006, 9–22.

10. Keith Pezzoli, ‘Sustainable Development: A Transdisciplinary Overview of the Literature’, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 1997, 549–74.

11. Nicholas Robinson, ‘Global Environmental Stewardship: Implementing Agenda 21 and Other International Legal Instruments for Sustainable Development’, in Nicholas Robinson, Strategies Toward Sustainable Development: Implementing Agenda 21 (Oceana Publications, Inc., 2004), pp. 3–45.

12. John Soussan, ‘Linking the Local to the Global: Can Sustainable Development Work in Practice?’, in Martin Purvis and Alan Grainger, Exploring Sustainable Development: Geographical Perspectives (Earthscan Publications Limited, 2004), pp. 85–98.

13. Stacey Swearingen White and Cliff Ellis, ‘Sustainability, the Environment, and New Urbanism: An Assessment and Agenda for Research’, Journal of Architectural and Planning Research, 2007, 125–42.

14. Rachel Unsworth, ‘Making Cities More Sustainable: People, Plans and Participation’, in Martin Purvis and Alan Grainger, Exploring Sustainable Development: Geographical Perspectives (Earthscan Publications Limited, 2004), pp. 128–55.

Volume II: Sustainability in Practice

15. R. Adler, ‘Overcoming Legal Barriers to Hydrological Sustainability of Urban Systems’, Cities of the Future Towards Integrated Sustainable Water and Landscape (IWA Publishing, 2007), pp. 357–72.

16. Annie Booth and Norman Skelton, ‘Anatomy of a Failed Sustainability Initiative: Government and Community Resistance to Sustainable Landscaping in a Canadian City’, Sustainability: Science, Practice, Policy, 2011, 7, 1, 56–68.

17. Harriet Bulkeley, ‘Urban Sustainability: Learning from Best Practice?’ Environment and Planning A, 2006, 38, 1029–44.

18. W. H. Clune and J. B. Braden, ‘Financial, Economic, and Institutional Barriers to "Green" Urban Development: The Case of Stormwater’, Cities of the Future Towards Integrated Sustainable Water and Landscape (IWA Publishing, 2007), pp. 388–401.

19. Maria Manta Conroy and Philip R. Berke, ‘What Makes a Good Sustainable Development Plan? An Analysis of Factors that Influence Principles of Sustainable Development’, Environment and Planning A, 2004, 36, 1381–96.

20. J. Evans and P. Jones, ‘Rethinking Sustainable Urban Regeneration: Ambiguity, Creativity, and the Shared Territory’, Environment and Planning A, 2008, 40, 6, 1416.

21. Pierre Filion and Kathleen McSpurren, ‘Smart Growth and Development Reality: The Difficult Co-ordination of Land Use and Transport Objectives’, Urban Studies, 2006, 44, 3, 501–23.

22. Colin Fudge and Janet Rowe, ‘Ecological Modernization as a Framework for Sustainable Development: A Case Study in Sweden’, Environment and Planning A, 2001, 33, 1527–46.

23. Jill Grant, ‘Theory and Practice in Planning the Suburbs: Challenges to Implementing New Urbanism, Smart Growth, and Sustainability Principles’, Planning Theory & Practice, 2009, 10, 11, 11–33.

24. J. Marsalek, R. Ashley, B. Chocat, M. R. Matos, W. Rauch, W. Schilling, and B. Urbonas, ‘Urban Drainage as Cross-Roads: Four Future Scenarios Ranging from Business-as-Usual to Sustainability’, Cities of the Future: Towards Integrated Sustainable Water and Landscape Management (2007), pp. 338–56.

25. Debra Roberts and Nicci Diederichs, ‘Durban’s Local Agenda 21 Program: Tackling Sustainable Development in a Post-Apartheid City’, Environment and Urbanization, 2002, 14, 1, 189–201.

26. Ayon Kumar Tarafdar and Hans Christie Bjonness, ‘Environmental Premises in Planning for Sustainability at the Local Level in Large Southern Cities: A Case Study in Koltata, India and Use of the PRETAB Planning Process Model’, International Journal of Sustainable Development and World Ecology, 2010, 17, 1, 24–38.

Volume III: Governing the Sustainable City

27. A. Aylett, ‘Conflict, Collaboration and Climate Change: Participatory Democracy and Urban Environmental Struggles in Durban, South Africa’, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 2010, 34, 3, 478–95.

28. M. M. Betsill and H. Bulkeley, ‘Cities and the Multilevel Governance of Global Climate Change’, Global Governance, 2006, 12, 141.

29. K. M. Davidson and J. Venning, ‘Sustainability Decision-Making Frameworks and the Application of Systems Thinking: An Urban Context’, Local Environment, 2011, 16, 3, 213–28.

30. K. Eckerberg and E. Mineur, ‘The Use of Local Sustainability Indicators: Case Studies in Two Swedish Municipalities’, Local Environment, 2003, 8, 6, 591–614.

31. A. M. Frawley and R. J. Gunderson, ‘Sustainable Development Indicators: A Case Study on the City of Flagstaff and Coconino County’, International Journal of Sustainable Development & World Ecology, 2009, 16, 3, 196–204.

32. S. Joss, ‘Accountable Governance, Accountable Sustainability? A Case Study of Accountability in the Governance for Sustainability’, Environmental Policy and Governance, 2010, 20, 6, 408–21.

33. R. Kemp, S. Parto, and R. B. Gibson, ‘Governance for Sustainable Development: Moving From Theory to Practice’, International Journal of Sustainable Development, 2005, 8, 1, 12–30.

34. J. Monstadt, ‘Urban Governance and the Transition of Energy Systems: Institutional Change and Shifting Energy and Climate Policies in Berlin’, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 2007, 31, 2, 326–43.

35. A. D. Morgan, ‘Learning Communities, Cities and Regions for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship’, Local Environment, 2009, 14, 5, 443–59.

36. R. Quay, ‘Anticipatory Governance’, Journal of the American Planning Association, 2010, 76, 4, 496–511.

37. T. Rutland and A. Aylett, ‘The Work of Policy: Actor Networks, Governmentality, and Local Action on Climate Change in Portland, Oregon’, Environment and Planning D, 2008, 26, 4, 627–46.

38. Y. Rydin, ‘Indicators as a Governmental Technology? The Lessons of Community-Based Sustainability Indicator Projects’, Environment and Planning D, 2007, 25, 4, 610–24.

39. M. A. Schreurs, ‘Multi-Level Governance and Global Climate Change in East Asia’, Asian Economic Policy Review, 2010, 5, 1, 88–105.

40. S. Wheeler, ‘Regions, Megaregions, and Sustainability’, Regional Studies, 2009, 43, 6, 863–


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