1st Edition

The EcoEdge Urgent Design Challenges in Building Sustainable Cities

Edited By Esther Charlesworth, Rob Adams Copyright 2011
    212 Pages 78 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    216 Pages 78 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Presenting diverse case studies of contemporary sustainable urban practice from Europe, Africa, India, South America, the USA and Australia, this book offers the reader a fantastic wealth of practical material from a range of internationally renowned authors.

    Each practical case study has addressed issues and then offered solutions to implement sustainable cities across a range of urban scales and cultures. Urgent design challenges explored include population density, recreating infrastructure that supports carbon neutral or low carbon (emission) intensive urban activities, and retrofitting for sustainability.

    Highly illustrated, thematically focused and with superb global coverage, this book presents a multi-voiced and yet highly cohesive reference for anyone interested in green issues in urban design and architecture.

    Abbreviations Acknowledgements  1. The EcoEdge Esther Charlesworth  Part 1: Urban Design and a Sustainable City  2. Overview Melanie Dodd  3. Air in the City: The Place of Work Scott Drake  4. Assassination in the Sustainable City: the Netherlands and Beyond Wim Hafkamp  5. Reprogramming the Cities for Increased Populations and Climate Change Rob Adams  6. Sustainability for Survival: Moving the United Kingdom beyond the Zero Carbon Agenda John Worthington  7. Chaos and Resillience: The Johannesburg Experience Chrisna Du Plessis  Part 2: Infrastructure and a Sustainable City  8. Overview Ralph Horne  9. Sustainable Drinking Water and Sanitation: Two Indian Cases Sheela Nair  10. Sustainable Savannah in Georgia Scott Boylston  11. Ecopolis: Small Steps Towards Urbanism as a Living System Paul Downton  12. The Greed Edge: China Between Hope and Hazard Neville Mars  Part 3: Architecture and Sustainable City  13. Overview Leon van Schaik  14. A Landscape Framework for Urban Sustainability: Thu Thiem, Ho Chi Minh City Dennis Pieprz  15. Networks Cities in China: Sustaining Culture, Economics and the Environment James Brearley and Qun Fang  16. The Responsive City: London South Bank Experiences Alex Lifschutz  17. Small-Scale Sustainability: Parasite Las Palmas and Beyond Mechthild Stuhlmacher  18. Sustainable and Sub-tropical City: An Architetcure of Timberframed Landscapes Brit Andresen  19. Beyond the EcoEdge Esther Charlesworth and John Fien    


    Esther Charlesworth is the founding Director of Architects without Frontiers (Australia), a design non-profit organisation committed to working with communities in need. She is currently Senior Research Fellow in Architecture at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.

    Rob Adams is Director of City Design at the City of Melbourne. In 2007 Rob was awarded an Order of Australia in recognition for services to urban design, town planning and architecture, and in 2008 named as the Australian Prime Minister’s Environmentalist of the Year at the Banksia Awards.

    "Readers of a certain age will appreciate the resonance with ‘newspeak’, George Orwell’s inventive portrayal of the role language plays in shaping thought and behaviour." – Construction Management and Economics

    "This book would appeal to professionals in the disciplines of planning, urban design, infrastructure, architecture, sustainability, land use management and sociology who require a concise introduction to contemporary land use challenges in building and planning sustainable cities. Certainly the case studies could provide stimulating material to supplement university teaching in these disciplines." - Caroline Osborne, Australasian Journal of Environmental Management