Can a City Be Sustainable? (State of the World)

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Island Press, May 10, 2016 - Architecture - 448 pages
Cities are the world's future. Today, more than half of the global population—3.7 billion people—are urban dwellers, and that number is expected to double by 2050. There is no question that cities are growing; the only debate is over how they will grow. Will we invest in the physical and social infrastructure necessary for livable, equitable, and sustainable cities?In the latest edition of State of the World, the flagship publication of the Worldwatch Institute, experts from around the globe examine the core principles of sustainable urbanism and profile cities that are putting them into practice.

State of the World first puts our currmomin context, tracing cities in the arc of human history. It also examines the basic structural elements of every city: materials and fuels; people and economics; and biodiversity.In part two, professionals working on some of the world's minventive urban sustainability projects share their first-hand experience. Success stories come from places as diverse as Ahmedabad, India; Freiburg, Germany; and Shanghai, China. In many cases, local people are acting to improve their cities, even when national efforts are stalled.Parts three and four examine cross-cutting issues that affect the success of all cities. Topics range from the nitty-gritty of handling waste and developing public transportation to civic participation and navigating dysfunctional government.

Throughout, readers discover the mpressing challenges facing communities and the mpromising solutions currently being developed. The result is a snapshot of cities today and a vision for global urban sustainability tomorrow.

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List of Boxes Tables and Figures
A System of Systems
Toward a Vision of Sustainable Cities
Possible Energy Constraints to Further Urbanization
Urbanism and Global Sprawl
Shanghai China
Ahmedabad and Pune India
Barcelona Spain
Remunicipalization the LowCarbon Transition and Energy Democracy
Portland Oregon United States
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Durban South Africa

Freiburg Germany
Melbourne Australia
Vancouver Canada
Urban Transport and Climate Change

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Through research and outreach that inspire action, the Worldwatch Institute works to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world that meets human needs. The Institute's top mission objectives are universal access to renewable energy and nutritious food, expansion of environmentally sound jobs and development, transformation of cultures from consumerism to sustainability, and an early end to population growth through healthy and intentional childbearing.

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