Sustainable Urbanism in China explores the notion of ‘Sustainable Urbanism’ by considering the role that sustainable neighborhood planning plays in the larger picture of sustainable urbanism and suggests innovations and best practices that are either developed or adopted by China. These are narrated as lessons learnt for other countries where we see similar trends of development patterns or emerging practices. Through various explorations of challenges, paradigms, and innovations of urban sustainability, this book highlights how planning, policy, and design are forming and reforming in the context of China. These are offered through a set of guidelines and pathways for urban sustainability at the scale of neighborhoods/communities or districts in a wider context of urban environments, as well as strategies for planners, developers, policymakers, and educators in the field of the built environment. Through a comprehensive overview of urban sustainability practices in China, this book investigates 12 case study projects. These comprehensive explorations should in turn help to construct the future directions of China’s sustainable urban development and provide innovative pathways of sustainable urbanism in China and around the globe.
Table of Contents
1. Recent advances in sustainable urbanism and the significance of China for achieving sustainable and resilient cities
2. Sustainable Urbanism at the Neighborhood Scale and China’s Position
PART 1: "Sustainable Tools and Indicators"
3. Neighborhood Sustainability Assessment Tools (NSATs): Pathways to sustainable urbanism
4. Eco Urban Development: The Value of Eco-Districts in achieving Urban Sustainability
5. Smart District Development: Sustaining Smart City Initiatives in the Age of Digital Technologies
PART 2: "Sustainable Planning and Policy"
6. Sponge City Development: A multi-scalar Approach to Stormwater Management and Reversing Water Shortages
7. Forest City Development: Integrating Green Infrastructure and Nature-based Solutions in Sustainable Urbanism
8. Resilient City Development: Best Practices through the effectiveness of Resilience Index System
PART 3: "Sustainable Energy Systems"
9. Low Carbon Development: Implementing the Low-Carbon Community Concept with integrated energy systems
10. Solar Cities: Current status and pathways to Solar City Development
11. Smart Grid Energy Systems: An integrated urban innovation to optimize the energy use
PART 4: "Sustainable Urban Design"
12. Certified Green Community: BREEAM-Communities assessment method for performance evaluation
13. Green Mixed-use Development: High-tech Industrial Parks and Integrated Urban Design
14. Green Campus Development: Achieving multi-objectives of sustainability through Academic Institutes
15. Future pathways for Sustainable Urbanism
Ali Cheshmehzangi is Professor of Architecture and Urban Design, Head of Department of Architecture and Built Environment, and Director of Urban Innovation Lab at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC), and Visiting Professor at Hiroshima University, Japan.
Ayotunde Dawodu is Assistant Professor of Building Services Engineering and Career and Industrial Engagement Officer at the Department of Architecture and Built Environment the University of Nottingham Ningbo China.
Ayyoob Sharifi is Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Hiroshima University, with a cross-appointment at the Graduate School of Advanced Science and Engineering of Hiroshima University, Japan.
"China promises to be carbon neutral by 2060. In the process of sustainable urbanization, more than 100 green ecological urban areas are under construction or have been built. As the book says, ‘China’s development is no longer a matter of China alone.’ This book provides a holistic view of China's progress and directions in sustainable urbanism, which will be beneficial to many local and international stakeholders."
—Yanyan Sun, Director of Eco city and Big Data Center, China Academy of Building Research (CABR) Shanghai Branch
"This book features some most in-depth thoughts on China lessons during fast urbanization while struggling to maintain a spirit of sustainability and achieve some balance. There have been lessons learned certainly, and such lessons will be great references for future policy makers and influencers for the industry of sustainable development."