Ireland is now an urban society, and both parts of the island have experienced rapid urban-generated growth and new patterns of development in recent years. This inter-disciplinary book adopts an all-Ireland perspective to investigate the tension that exists between sustainable urban development values and rhetoric - such as increased densities, brown field development, the compact city and social inclusion - and the emerging geography of urban Ireland, influenced by consumer and lifestyle choices. The introduction provides an overview of the dynamics of urban change, particularly during the 1990s, and the experience of rapid economic growth. The following chapters are divided into two parts, considering sustainable urban environments, and sustainable communities. This book will appeal to students, academics, policy and decision-makers, given that it adopts both a qualitative and quantitative approach, and introduces a range of new empirical studies covering both physical and social sustainable development.
’...an excellent overview of the multi-faceted challenge of sustainable development...The book affords a welcome orientation to recent developments in Ireland North and South; it is empirically informative and conceptually evocative, likely to become a valuable resource for both science and policy in the coming years.’ Anne Buttimer, Former President, International Geographical Union ’This timely, well-researched and thought-provoking collection places our sustainable living and future at the heart of social science debates concerning the future of urban areas. The contributions recognize the inter-related problems associated with sustainable living and seek to debate solutions and policy developments that extend beyond any one particular discipline. The political, social, economic and environmental tasks now before us are laid bare and challenge us to understand the complexity of sustainable development.’ Mark Tewdwr-Jones, University College London, UK ’This book is a very useful contribution to the literature of urban sustainability...it provides an up-to-date and readable study of Irish experiences of urban sustainability.’ Geography ’I would recommend this book to any student of urban and planning policy who needs a good grounding in different facets of housing, transport, urban change and sustainable development in Ireland.’ European Journal of Housing Policy '... an excellent examination of one of the most interesting case-studies in Europe in the current effort to integrate regional spatial and planning policies.' Australian Planner, December 2007