Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxii
  2. Cities as Human Constructs

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Gary Gardner
      Pages 3-9
    3. Gary Gardner
      Pages 27-44
    4. Gary Gardner
      Pages 45-64
  3. The Urban Climate Challenge

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-75
    2. Peter Calthorpe
      Pages 91-108
    3. Haibing Ma
      Pages 109-114
    4. Simone Ariane Pflaum
      Pages 135-140
    5. Robert Doyle
      Pages 155-160
    6. Betsy Agar, Michael Renner
      Pages 161-170
    7. Gregor Robertson
      Pages 171-176
    8. Michael Renner
      Pages 177-194
    9. Cornie Huizenga, Karl Peet, Sudhir Gota
      Pages 195-210
    10. Geoffrey Davison, Ang Wei Ping
      Pages 211-216
    11. Michael Renner
      Pages 217-229
    12. Kartikeya Sarabhai, Madhavi Joshi, Sanskriti Menon
      Pages 231-238
    13. Perinaz Bhada-Tata, Daniel Hoornweg
      Pages 239-255
    14. Martí Boada Juncà, Roser Maneja Zaragoza, Pablo Knobel Guelar
      Pages 257-262
  4. Politics, Equity, and Livability

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 273-273
    2. Brian Holland, Juan Wei
      Pages 291-296
    3. Martí Boada Juncà, Roser Maneja Zaragoza, Pablo Knobel Guelar
      Pages 297-310
    4. Martí Boada Juncà, Roser Maneja Zaragoza, Pablo Knobel Guelar
      Pages 311-316
    5. Franziska Schreiber, Alexander Carius
      Pages 317-335
    6. Debra Roberts, Sean O’Donoghue
      Pages 337-342
    7. James Jarvie, Richard Friend
      Pages 343-353
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 355-414

About this book


This volume first puts our current moment in 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 most inventive 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 most pressing challenges facing communities and the most promising solutions currently being developed. The result is a snapshot of cities today and a vision for global urban sustainability tomorrow.


urban planning public transportation physical and social infrastructure sustainable cities sustainable urbanism

Authors and affiliations

  • Worldwatch Institute
    • 1
  1. 1.Worldwatch InstituteWashingtonUSA

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