Sustainable Urban Environments

An Ecosystem Approach

  • Ellen van Bueren
  • Hein van Bohemen
  • Laure Itard
  • Henk Visscher

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Ellen van Bueren
    Pages 1-13
  3. Taeke M. De Jong
    Pages 71-89
  4. Sybrand Tjallingii
    Pages 91-111
  5. Laure Itard
    Pages 113-175
  6. Loriane Icibaci, Michiel Haas
    Pages 177-203
  7. Arjen Meijer
    Pages 205-221
  8. Machiel van Dorst
    Pages 223-241
  9. Bert van Wee
    Pages 243-261
  10. Jody Milder
    Pages 263-284
  11. Arjan van Timmeren
    Pages 313-339
  12. Lorraine Murphy, Frits Meijer, Henk Visscher
    Pages 341-363
  13. Anke van Hal, Ellen van Bueren
    Pages 365-398
  14. Thorsten Schuetze, Hein van Bohemen, Ellen van Bueren
    Pages 399-413
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 415-429

About this book


The urban environment – buildings, cities and infrastructure – represents one of the most important contributors to climate change, while at the same time holding the key to a more sustainable way of living. The transformation from traditional to sustainable systems requires interdisciplinary knowledge of the re-design, construction, operation and maintenance of the built environment.

Sustainable Urban Environments: An Ecosystem Approach presents fundamental knowledge of the built environment. Approaching the topic from an ecosystems perspective, it shows the reader how to combine diverse practical elements into sustainable solutions for future buildings and cities. You’ll learn to connect problems and solutions at different spatial scales, from urban ecology to material, water and energy use, from urban transport to livability and health. The authors introduce and explore a variety of governance tools that support the transformation process, and show how they can help overcome institutional barriers. The book concludes with an account of promising perspectives for achieving a sustainable built environment in industrialized countries.

Offering a unique overview and understanding of the most pressing challenges in the built environment, Sustainable Urban Environments helps the reader grasp opportunities for integration of knowledge and technologies in the design, construction and management of the built environment. Students and practitioners who are eager to look beyond their own fields of interest will appreciate this book because of its depth and breadth of coverage.


Ecosystem approach Governance tools Integrated design Sustainability Urban environment

Editors and affiliations

  • Ellen van Bueren
    • 1
  • Hein van Bohemen
    • 2
  • Laure Itard
    • 3
  • Henk Visscher
    • 4
  1. 1.Faculty of Technology, Policy and ManageDelft University of TechnologyDelftNetherlands
  2. 2.SchipluidenNetherlands
  3. 3.OTB Research Institute for the Built EnvDelft University of TechnologyDelftNetherlands
  4. 4.OTB Research Institute for the Built EnvDelft University of TechnologyDelftNetherlands

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