1st Edition

Sustainable Infrastructure for Cities and Societies

By Michael Neuman Copyright 2022
    242 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    242 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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


    Michael Neuman is Professor of Sustainable Urbanism at the University of Westminster and principal of the Michael Neuman Consultancy. He is the multi-award-winning author of numerous books, articles, chapters, reports, and plans that have been translated into ten languages. His research and practice span urbanism, planning, design, engineering, sustainability, infrastructure, and governance. He has advised mayors in Europe, the United States, and Australia, the Regional Plan Association of New York, the Barcelona Metropolitan Plan, and other governments and private clients around the world.

    "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