Sustainable Infrastructure for Cities and Societies
The central role of infrastructure to cities, and in particular their sustainability, is essential for proper planning and design since most energy and materials are themselves consumed by or through infrastructures. Moreover, infrastructures of all types affect matters of economic and social equity, due to access that they provide or prevent. Sustainable Infrastructure for Cities and Societies shows how fundamental planning, design, finance, and governance principles can be adapted for sustainable infrastructure to provide solutions to make cities significantly more sustainable. By providing a contemporary overview on infrastructure, cities, planning, economies, and sustainability, the book addresses how to plan, design, finance, and manage infrastructure in ways that reduce consumption and harmful impacts while maintaining and improving life quality. It considers the interrelationships between the economic, political, societal, and institutional frameworks, providing an integrative approach including livability and sustainability, principles and practice, and planning and design. It further translates these approaches that professionals, policymakers, and leaders can use. This approach gives the book wide appeal for students, researchers, and practitioners hoping to build a more sustainable world.
Part I: Infrastructure, Cities, and Sustainability Introduction 1. Infrastructure Investments, Public and Private Gains 2. Infiltrating Infrastructure: Defining Infrastructure and its Role in Society 3. Sustainable Infrastructure Begets Sustainable Cities Part II: Planning for Sustainable Infrastructures 4. City Planning and Infrastructure Big Dig Project 5. Infrastructure Planning Three Gorges Dam Project 6. Demand-Capacity Management Part III: Management 7. Governing Institutions 8. Financing and Budgeting 9. Future Directions
"In short, these approaches make the book very attractive for all those -students, researchers and professionals- who hope to participate in the construction of a more sustainable world."
Eduardo de Santiago, translated from Ciudad y Territorio
"Establishing collective means to better understand, integrate and improve the diverse intersecting infrastructures humanity depends upon for survival is one of the 21st century’s most urgent challenges. Michael Neuman‘s book, Sustainable Infrastructure for Cities and Societies, holistically addresses this challenge. The book provides useful practical guidance for infrastructure planning, design, finance, management and governance."
Keith Pezzoli, University of California San Diego
"Sustainable Infrastructure for Cities and Societies is unlike any other book on sustainability that
I have read. It redefines what sustainable infrastructure even means, and it manages to articulate
clearly and convincingly both where and how the research and practice of sustainable infrastructure
planning and design should evolve."
Michael Neuman, Journal of Urban Affairs