The EcoEdge: Urgent Design Challenges in Building Sustainable Cities, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

The EcoEdge

Urgent Design Challenges in Building Sustainable Cities, 1st Edition

Edited by Esther Charlesworth, Rob Adams


200 pages | 78 B/W Illus.

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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.

Table of Contents

1. The EcoEdge Part 1: Urban Design and a Sustainable City 2. Overview 3. Air in the City: The Place of Work4. Assassination in the Sustainable City: The Netherlands and Beyond 5. Reprogramming the Cities for Increased Populations and Climate Change 6. Sustainability for Survival: Moving the United Kingdom beyond the Zero Carbon Agenda 7. Chaos and Resillience: The Johannesburg Experience Part 2: Infrastructure and a Sustainable City 8. Overview 9. Sustainable Drinking Water and Sanitation: Two Indian Cases 10. Sustainable Savannah in Georgia 11. Ecopolis: Small Steps Towards Urbanism as a Living System 12. The Greed Edge: China Between Hope and Hazard Part 3: Architecture and Sustainable City 13. Overview 14. A Landscape Framework for Urban Sustainability: Thu Thiem, Ho Chi Minh City 15. Networks Cities in China: Sustaining Culture, Economics and the Environment 16. The Responsive City: London South Bank Experiences 17. Small-Scale Sustainability: Parasite Las Palmas and Beyond 18. Sustainable and Sub-tropical City: An Architecture of Timberframed Landscapes 19. Beyond the EcoEdge

About the Editors

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.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Study & Teaching
ARCHITECTURE / Sustainability & Green Design