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With inefficient transportation systems and poorly designed buildings, many cities-especially in the U.S.-consume enormous quantities of fossil fuels and emit high levels of greenhouse gases. While some cities could be headed for collapse, the authors of this spirited book believe that intelligent planning and visionary leadership can help cities overcome the impending crises of peak oil and climate change. Resilient Cities draws on existing initiatives from around the world to demonstrate the potential for urban resilience and presents practical solutions for our planet's growing cities. Book jacket.
Peter Newman is professor of sustainability at Curtin University in Western Australia. He is the author of Cities as Sustainable Ecosystems (Island Press, 2007). Timothy Beatley is Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities at the University of Virginia. His books include Green Urbanism (Island Press, 2000) and Ecology of Place (Island Press, 1997). Heather Boyer is senior editor at Island Press and 2005 Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Table of Contents
Urban Resilience: Cities of Fear and Hope
Climate Change and Peak Oil: The Double Whammy for Resource-Intensive Cities
Four Scenarios for the Future of Cities: Collapse, Ruralized, Divided, or Resilient City
A Vision for Resilient Cities: The Built Environment
Hope for Resilient Cities: Transport
Conclusion: Ten Strategic Steps toward a Resilient City
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