Low Carbon Cities: Transforming Urban Systems

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Steffen Lehmann
Routledge, Sep 15, 2014 - Architecture - 446 pages
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Low Carbon Cities is a book for practitioners, students and scholars in architecture, urban planning and design. It features essays on ecologically sustainable cities by leading exponents of urban sustainability, case studies of the new directions low carbon cities might take and investigations of how we can mitigate urban heat stress in our cities’ microclimates. The book explores the underlying dimensions of how existing cities can be transformed into low carbon urban systems and describes the design of low carbon cities in theory and practice. It considers the connections between low carbon cities and sustainable design, social and individual values, public space, housing affordability, public transport and urban microclimates. Given the rapid urbanisation underway globally, and the need for all our cities to operate more sustainably, we need to think about how spatial planning and design can help transform urban systems to create low carbon cities, and this book provides key insights.


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List of figures
conceptual evolutions
Introduction to Part I
Much better than climate change adaptation
Imagining biophilic cities
Sustainable cities are solarresponsive cities
increasing greenery
two case
Urban reclamation and regeneration in Seoul Republic of Korea
is Indias urban
A holistic view of the effects of urban heat island mitigation
mitigating urban heat
Energy reduction using natural ventilation in city planning

Trends in low carbon transport and urban development in 33
a spatial
A planning approach for the transition to low carbon cities
The impact of increasing urban air temperatures on urban
case studies from Frankfurt am Main
The Green Plot Ratio and the role of greenery in low carbon

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Steffen Lehmann is Founding Director of the Zero Waste Research Centre for Sustainable Design and Behaviour at the University of South Australia. He is a widely published author and scholar, and is Founding Director of the s_Lab Space Laboratory for Architectural Research and Design (Sydney–Berlin). A German-born architect and urban designer, he was editor-in-chief (2007–2014) of the US-based Journal of Green Building and an advisor to the Australian and German governments, city councils and industry. Since July 2014 he has been Head of School in the School of Built Environment at Curtin University, Perth.

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