1st Edition

The Earthscan Reader in Sustainable Cities

Edited By David Satterthwaite Copyright 1999

    The last five years have brought an enormous growth in the literature on how urban development can meet human needs and ensure ecological sustainability. This collection brings together the most outstanding contributions from leading experts on the issues surrounding sustainable cities and urban development. The Earthscan Reader in Sustainable Cities is fully international in scope and coverage. It will be the basic introduction to the subject for a wide range of students in urban geography, planning and environmental studies, and is essential reading for professionals involved with the successful running and development of cities.

    Part I: Sustainable Cities: An Introduction - The Key Issues and the Works Included * Achieving Sustainability: Reform or Transformation? * Part II: Linking Sustainable Development and Cities - Cities as Solutions in an Urbanizing World * Environmental Justice and the Sustainable City * Sustainable Cities or Cities that Contribute to Sustainable Development? * Sustainability, Poverty and Urban Environmental Transition * Part III: Different Sectoral Programmes that Contribute to the Achievement of Sustainable Development Goals in Cities - Health: Creating Healthy Cities in the 21st Century * Transport: Reducing Automobile Dependence * Production: Producing, Providing, Trading: Manufacturing Industry and Sustainable Cities * Agriculture: Urban Agriculture for Sustainable Cities: Using Wastes and Idle Land and Water Bodies as Resources * Building and Designing with Nature: Urban Design * Planning: Green Cities, Growing Cities, Just Cities? Urban Planning and the Contradictions of Sustainable Development * Resources: Resource Conservation and Waste Management * Part IV: Seeking Action at City Level - Agenda 21: A Form of Joint Environmental Management in Manizales, Columbia * Let's Build Cities for Life - The National Campaign of Local Agenda 21s In Peru * Development Indicators of Sustainable Community: Lessons from Sustainable Seattle * Indicators and Information Systems for Sustainable Development * Is There Method in our Measurement? The Use of Indicators in Local Sustainable Development Planning * Part V: Sustainable Development for Cities within a Regional National and Global Context * Sustainable Cities: A Contradiction in Terms * The Rural, Regional and Global Impacts of Cities in Africa, Asia and Latin America * Index


    David Satterthwaite

    'This reader will provide a genuinely world-wide perspective on the potential for sustainable cities.' Urban Studies 'The comprehensive analysis successfully persuades the reader of the complex links between a myriad of social, economic and environmental factors, and the wider context of culture, politics and urban governance. This is achieved through harnessing the knowledge and experience of experts from both policy and academic fields, which themselves reflect the international focus of the book... The range, and depth of analysis, of the debates surrounding urban sustainable development in this reader make it an excellent and comprehensive introductory text.' Local Environment '...this reader will provide a genuinely world-wide perspective on the potential for sustainable cities... The author has succeeded in providing an affordable, substantive and up-to-date textbook that can be widely used to give a world perspective on sustainable urban development.' Urban Studies 'The Reader is an impresive collection of papers on a potential, sustainable urban future. It attempts to cover all currently relevant issues and does so successfully... It is recommendable as an informative source of reference for professionals and researchers wanting to widen or supplement their knowledge on sustainable cities.' Housing Studies