Alternative Routes to the Sustainable City: Austin, Curitiba, and Frankfurt

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Lexington Books, Dec 1, 2006 - Architecture - 245 pages
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Alternative Routes to the Sustainable City offers a unique and thorough analysis of three major cities and their individual paths toward sustainable development. Dr. Steven A. Moore investigates the exemplary cities of Austin, Texas, Curitiba, Brazil, and Frankfurt, Germany to examine how each city has approached and maintained sustainability, and thus stimulated economic growth, preserved threatened ecosystems, and improved social equity. These three cities have successfully developed different dispositions toward politics, nature, and technology, proving that there is no single abstract model or universal checklist but different approaches for different people. Incorporating interviews with the citizens themselves with current topographical research, Moore critically questions the relationship between sustainability and democracy. Alternative Routes to the Sustainable City is a necessary and pivotal read that will appeal to scholars of environmental studies and those interested in city development.
 

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Contents

A Tale of Three Cities
1
11 Methodology and Methods
2
12 Sustainability and Stories
5
13 Political Dispositions
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14 Environmental Dispositions
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15 Technological Dispositions
18
16 The Question and Structure of the Inquiry
22
The Springs of Austin
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45 Summary
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Story versus Space
153
51 Evolution of Development
158
52 Public Parks and Open Space
162
53 Public Transportation
166
54 Density
171
55 Income Distribution
176
56 Summary
188

21 Received Stories
32
22 Cycles of Planning
36
23 Forms of Governance
46
24 Austins Dominant Story Line Rugged Individualism
50
25 Austins CounterStory Line Environmentalist Preservation
56
26 Summary
67
The Miracle of Curitiba
73
31 Settlement and Development
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32 The Clients View
81
33 The Citizens View
97
34 Curitibas Dominant Story Line Technocracy
102
35 Curitibas CounterStory Line Social Democracy
105
36 Summary
108
The Banks of Frankfurt
117
41 Tolerance and Banking
119
42 The Commerzbank Tower
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43 Frankfurts Dominant Story Line Progressive Capitalism
132
44 Frankfurts CounterStory Line RedGreen
135
Sustainability and Democracy
193
61 Stories and Spaces of Coalition
196
63 Efficient and Inclusive Systems
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64 Scarce and Abundant Resources
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65 Coevolution of Nature and Technology
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66 Technological Codes and Human Habits
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67 Technological and Wicked Problems
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68 Qualities and Consequences of Action
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69 Truth and Events
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610 Models and Lists
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611 Mobs Clients and Citizens
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612 Conceptualization and Implementation
218
Alternative Routes to the Sustainable City
223
72 Twelve Abductive Tools
226
Methodology
231
Index
239
About the Author
245
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Steven A. Moore is the Bartlett Cocke Professor of Architecture and Planning at the University of Texas at Austin.

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