Urbanization is occurring at an unprecedented rate; by 2050 three quarters of the world’s people will live in urban environments. The cars we drive, products we consume, houses we live in and technology we use will all determine how sustainable our cities will be. Bridging the increasing divide between cross-disciplinary academic insights and the latest practical innovations, Resilient Sustainable Cities provides an integrated approach for long term future planning within the context of the city as a whole system.
In the next 30 years cities will face their biggest challenges yet, as a result of long term, or ‘slow burn’ issues: population growth will stretch to the breaking point urban infrastructure and service capacity; resource scarcity, such as peak oil; potable water and food security, will dramatically change what we consume and how; environmental pressures will change how we live and where and; shifting demographic preferences will exacerbate urban pressures. Cities can’t keep doing what they’ve always done and cope – we need to change current urban development to achieve resilient, sustainable cities.
Resilient Sustainable Cities provides practical and conceptual insights for practitioners, researchers and students on how to deliver cities which are resilient to ‘slow burn’ issues and achieve sustainability. The book is organized around three overarching themes:
- pathways to the future
- innovation to deliver the future
- leadership and governance issues
The book includes a variety of perspectives conveyed through international case studies and examples of cities that have transformed for a sustainable future, exploring their successes and failures to ensure that readers are left with ideas on how to turn their city into a resilient sustainable city for the future.
Table of Contents
Part I: Understanding resilient, sustainable cities Chapter 1: Introduction to the magic and practice of resilient sustainable cities Leonie J Pearson, Peter Newton & Peter Roberts Chapter 2: The challenges to urban sustainability and resilience Peter W. Newton & Peter Doherty Chapter 3: Exploring urban sustainability and resilience Thomas Elmqvist, Guy Barnett & Cathy Wilkinson Part II: Pathways to deliver resilient, sustainable cities Chapter 4: Pathways to a sustainable and resilient urban future: Economic paradigm shifts and policy priorities John Wiseman, Tegean Edwards & Kate Luckins Chapter 5: Delivering Sustainable Cities is ALL about people and place Gilbert Rochecouste & Leonie J. Pearson Chapter 6: Building Urban Resilience through Green Infrastructure Pathways Allen Kearns, Rhiannon Saward, Alex Houlston, John Rayner & Harry Viraswamy Chapter 7: Systems Design and Social Change for Resilient, Sustainable Cities Janis Birkeland Chapter 8: The priorities for future sustainable cities Tom Kvan Part III: Innovation for resilient, sustainable cities Chapter 9: Green economy, urban technology innovation and eco-city transitions Peter W. Newton Chapter 10: Planning for Biophilic Urbanism: The Creative Strategies Cities Can Take To Better Integrate Nature Into Urban Life Tim Beatley Chapter 11: City Food Security Craig Pearson & Rob Dyball Chapter 12: Resilient and Sustainable Urban Transport Peter Newman Chapter 13: Integrated urban water planning Tony Wong & Rebekah Brown Chapter 14: Urban Waste: closing the loop María José Zapata Campos and Patrik Zapata Chapter 15: Resilient and sustainable buildings Janis Birkeland Chapter 16: Money matters –financing the transition to a resilient and sustainable urban energy system Nigel Jollands Chapter 17: Networked city and Society Federico Casalegno & Pelin Arslan Chapter 18: (Re) Designing Resilient Sustainable Precincts: urban armatures Shane Murray & Lee-Anne Khor Chapter 19: Social Inclusion and cohesion through housing tenure Kathy Arthurson Chapter 20: Urban Design: The future looks familiar Lewis Knight Part IV: Governance and leadership for resilient, sustainable cities Chapter 21: Governance for Resilient Sustainable Cities and Communities: Concepts and Some Cases Peter Roberts Chapter 22: Economics and governance for City Bounce Neil McInroy Chapter 23: Leadership for sustainability and sustainable leadership Edward J. Blakely Chapter 24: The plan and the policy: who is changing who? Rob Roggerma Chapter 25: How to move from Talking to Doing: Creating Sustainable Cities Gil Penaolosa & Leonie J Pearson Chapter 26: City Adaption and Transformation for a resilient and sustainable future Leonie J. Pearson and Craig Pearson
Professor Peter Roberts OBE is chair of the Skills and Knowledge Committee and professor of sustainable spatial development at the University of Leeds.
Professor Peter Newton is Research Professor at Swinburne University in Sustainable Urbanism.
Dr. Leonie Pearson is a research fellow at The University of Melbourne and Senior Policy Researcher at Department of Trade and Investment, NSW and a private consultant.