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Sustainable Communities and Urban Housing

A Comparative European Perspective

Edited by Montserrat Pareja-Eastaway, Nessa Winston

© 2017 – Routledge

266 pages

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Description

Since the start of the twenty-first century, urban communities have faced increasing challenges in housing affordability, with environmental issues causing additional concern. It is clear that changes to urban housing are needed to enhance the resilience of cities and improve the economic, social and physical well-being of residents. This book provides a comparative cross-national perspective on urban housing and sustainability in Europe, exploring the key barriers and drivers associated with sustainable urban development and community regeneration.

Country-specific chapters allow for easy comparison, with each summarizing how sustainable housing operates in the country in question, before going on to discuss the key barriers and drivers at play. This book brings a sustainability perspective to the comparative housing literature which frequently fails to integrate the social, economic and environmental pillars of sustainability. The book outlines many of the changes that professionals and residents will need to make to their practices and cultures in order to enhance housing resilience. Students, researchers and professionals with an interest in sustainable housing creation and regeneration will find this book an invaluable reference.

Reviews

Sustainable Communities and Urban Housing persuaded me about the need for a three-pronged approach toward community sustainability, but the book demonstrated how hard it will be to achieve comprehensiveness. Many policy-makers will be tempted to focus exclusively on environmental issues, i.e. energy efficiency, but accepting an invitation toward a one-pronged strategy would be disastrous.

David P. Varady, University of Cincinnati, International Journal of Housing Policy

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Ireland 3. Spain 4. Sweden 5. Norway 6. Denmark 7. The Netherlands 8. UK 9. Romania 10. Hungary 11. Switzerland 12. Germany 13. Conclusions

About the Editors

Montserrat Pareja-Eastaway is Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Barcelona (UB), Spain, where she coordinates the Research Group on Creativity, Innovation and Urban Transformation (CRIT).

Nessa Winston is Associate Professor in Social Policy at the School of Applied Social Science, University College Dublin, Ireland, where she is Director of Research.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in International Real Estate

The Routledge Studies in International Real Estate Series presents a forum for the presentation of cutting edge research into international real estate issues published to Routledge’s exacting academic standards. Books in the series will be broad in their conceptual scope and reflect an inter-disciplinary approach to Real Estate as an academic discipline.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL002000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / City Planning & Urban Development
TEC005000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Construction / General