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The Human Sustainable City
Challenges and Perspectives from the Habitat Agenda

ISBN 9781138708150
Published October 19, 2020 by Routledge
586 Pages

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Book Description

This title was first published in 2003. Seven years after Habitat II culminated with the Istanbul agreement on Sustainable Urban Development, this book brings together many of the world's leading experts from the fields of architecture, urban planning, economics, sociology, politics, environment and geography to assess the successes and failures in fulfilling the objectives decided upon at this historic meeting. Illustrated with a wide range of case studies, this volume is divided into three main sections; firstly examining the challenges, secondly, the approaches, and finally, the practices. The book represents a critical appraisal not only of the issues related to urban development but also of the modalities to face these issues from real examples, these in return can be used as starting points to construct new 'real utopias' or at least, to future 'best practices'.

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction, Luigi Fusco Girard. Part I: An Environmental Approach: Introduction to part I, Pasquale De Toro;The sustainable city in an age of globalization, Peter Hall; Is urban development in the Third World sustainable?, Alan Gilbert; Urban 'unsustainability' and environmental conflict, Joan Martinez-Alier; The role of intrinsic values for naturalization of the city, J. Baird Callicott; Sustainable development, the struggle against poverty and new structures of governance in the era of globalization, Stefano Zamagni; Sustainable urban strategies for developing countries, Anil Laul; La maison des hommes: Chandigarh as a sustainable city, Sarbjeet Singh Sandhu; Towards the sustainable city: planning and urban development for the year 2000 world exposition in Hanover, Germany, Jürgen Eppinger; Strategic policy scenarios for sustainable mobility, Evgenia Dimitrakopoulou and Maria Giaoutzi. Part II: An Inclusive Approach: Introduction to part II, Maria Cerreta; A better and stronger system of humane governance at the turn of the century, Üner Kirdar; City and justice: social movements in the city, David Harvey; Challenges and emerging responses for sustainable development in an urbanizing world, Nicholas You; Agenda 21 for sustainable construction in developing countries: the Indian case, Kirtee Shah; A critical evaluation of approaches to urban development in Bangladesh: case study of Khulna, Mejbahuddin Ahmed; Lithuanian business environmental management based on local agenda 21 principles, Olga Belous; Creating neighbourhoods in balance: issues and solutions, Keith Richardson; Agenda 21 and sustainable development in a complex environment: Venice and its lagoon, Ignazio Musu; Illegibility: a milieu for participation, Bohuslav Blazek; The sustainable city and the role of the city-building professions, Leonie Sandercock. Part III: An Integrated Approach: Introduction to part III, Fabiana Forte; Integrative policymaking for the improvement of the quality of urban life, Nicole Rijkens-Klomp, Martin van de Lindt, Marjolein B.A. van Asselt and Jan Rotmans; Integrated assessment of urban revitalization projects, Peter Nijkamp and Francesca Medda; Integrated conservation and environmental challenge: reflections on the Swedish case of habitat, Nanne Engelbrektsson and Jan Rosvall; Conservation-based cultural, environmental, and economic development: the case of the walled city of Fez, Hassan Radoine; Cultural heritage conservation in China: some significant good practices, Guang-Jun Jin and Cong-xia Zhao; Can economics help preserve and conserve heritage? And if so, can economics help to improve quality of life and of the environment?, Christian Ost; The social and economic attractiveness of the urban environment: an exercise in the valuation of public space in Barcelona, Josep Roca Cladera, Malcolm C. Burns and Pilar García Almirall; Re-humanizing an environmental protection culture: a case study of integrating multiple perspectives in achieving environmental behaviour change in a regulated industry sector, Jack W. Scannell, Denise L. Scannell and Charlton D. McIlwain; An open conclusion, Bruno Forte; Naples declaration; Index.

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Luigi Fusco Girard is Professor of Economy and Environmental Evaluation within the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Naples "Federico II", Italy. In addition to this, he is Director of both the Department of Conservation of Architectural and Environmental Assets, and the Specialization School in Restoration of Monuments. He also coordinates the PhD Course in "Evaluation Methods for the Integrated Conservation of the Architectural, Urban and Environmental Heritage". Bruno Forte is Professor of Dogmatic Theology within the Theological Faculty of Southern Italy, in Naples, Italy, and works as a Consultant of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. Maria Cerreta, PhD and Pasquale De Toro, PhD, both work within the Department of Conservation of Architectural and Environmental Assets at the University of Naples "Federico II" (Italy). Fabiana Forte, PhD, works within the Faculty of Architecture at the Second University of Naples, Italy.


’This landmark volume is a treasure trove of essays from around the world addressing the question of how we can make the city sustainable in human social terms...this book will indeed be required reading for all of us.’ Professor John Friedmann, University of California at Los Angeles ’It is very rare for scientifically-based volumes to deliver such a strong message as this...’ Professor Xavier Greffe, Université de Paris I-Sorbonne, France ’...this volume contains a large and diverse number of chapters on the general theme of the sustainable city. Most senior students and scholars with interest in this topic will definitely find any number of insightful chapters in their areas of interest.’ European Journal of Development Research ’...all the papers have clearly been edited and revised to a consistent standard. The authorship is varied and, while it contains some of the world's leading urbanists, it also includes practitioners and policy makers...This is beneficial in terms of unexpected and challenging perspectives...The book has three great merits. First, it is wide-ranging and provides some crisp essays on modern thinking about urbanism and urban governance for readers who need an accessible update on current trends...Second, it has the authority of the UN behind it, giving additional gravitas and credibility...Third, some contributions succeed in unsettling the standard dogmas of western serves best as a source to be consulted periodically by the teacher, practitioner or advance student.’ Geography ’Those who are interested in the vision behind the facts, those who find an integrated, holistic, global vision important, and those who look for the drivers of the mechanisms, their evolution and devolution, should read this significant contribution to sustainable cities at human(istic) size.’ International Journal of Environment and Pollution