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2nd Edition

Pragmatic Sustainability
Dispositions for Critical Adaptation

Edited By

Steven A. Moore

ISBN 9781138123922
Published July 20, 2016 by Routledge
312 Pages

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Book Description

 This second edition of Pragmatic Sustainability proposes a pragmatic, discursive and pluralistic approach to thinking about sustainability.. Rather than suggesting a single solution to the problem of how to live sustainably, this collection discusses broader approaches to social and environmental change.

Eight continuing authors and seven new ones adjust their dispositions toward rapidly changing and still unsustainable conditions, forging agreements and disagreements on five overlapping themes: the Grounds for Sustainability; the critique of Technological Culture; the need to conceive of Sustainability in Place; in Cities; finally asking how should we reimagine the fraught relationship between Civil Society, Industry and Regulation? Editor Steven A. Moore asks how a set of ideas now more than a century old remains relevant. A partial answer can be found in reconstructing the very modern ideas confronted by those who came to call themselves Pragmatists at the beginning of the twentieth century—evolution, ecology and design. Moore argues that we have yet to develop dispositions in theory and practice that critically integrate these ideas into sustainable development.

In sum, this new edition provides a fresh and hopeful look at the wicked problems deliberated by almost anyone engaged in adapting to the always changing conditions of the built world.

Table of Contents

Introduction (Steven A. Moore)

Part 1: Grounds for Sustainability

1. The Many Meanings of Sustainability: A Competing Paradigms Approach (Paul B. Thompson)

2. Equity: The Awkward E in Sustainable Development (Michael D. Oden)

3. Sustainable Development: Complexity, Balance and a Critique of Rational Planning (Holly J. Lanham, Michelle Jordan, Rueben R. McDaniel)

Part 2: Technological Cures

4. The Coevolution of Infrastructure, Governance, and Urban Ecology (Stephanie Pincetl, Erik Porse)

5. Our Model of Models (Kiel Moe)

6. Getty Ready for the Great Disruption (Tom Fisher)

Part 3: Sustainability and Place

7. Beyond Japanisme: the Adaptive Pragmatism of Japanese Urbanism (Simon Guy)

8. Regionalism, Place, Specificity, and Sustainable Design in North America and Europe (Vincent B. Canizaro)

9. Cautious Engagement: Historic Preservation and Sustainable Design (Jeffrey M. Chusid)

Part 4: Sustainability and Cities

10. The Nature of Mill Creek: Landscape Literacy and Design for Ecological Democracy (Anne Whiston Spirn)

11. Aligning Disconnected Frames in Action: The Case of São Paulo’s Zeladoria Ambiental (Kristine Stiphany)

12. Regenerative Sustainbility: Rethinking Neighborhood Sustainability (Raymond J. Cole, John B. Robinson, Lisa M. Westerhoff)

Part 5: Civil Society, Industry and Regulation

13. Social Movements, Civil Society, and Sustainability Politics: Alternative Pathways and Industrial Innovation (David J. Hess)

14. The Role of Corporate Stakeholders in Ecosystem Management Initiatives (William Mobley, Sean B. Cash, Samuel D. Brody)

15. Incommensurable Paradigms: Values and the Environment (Andrew Feenberg)

Afterword (Steven A. Moore)

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Steven A. Moore is Bartlett Cocke Regents Professor of Architecture and Planning at the University of Texas at Austin, USA, where he teaches design and courses related to the philosophy, history, and application of sustainable technology. He is Co-Director of the Graduate Program in Sustainable Design and Co-Founder of the University of Texas Center for Sustainable Development. Moore is a Fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts, a Loeb Fellow of the Harvard Graduate School of Design, the recipient of an Individual Scholar Award from the National Science Foundation, and is the author of many articles, book chapters, and seven books on the topic of sustainable architecture and urbanism.