State of the World

Can a City Be Sustainable?

  • Worldwatch Institute

Part of the State of the World book series (STWO)

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

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

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Worldwatch Institute 2016
  • Publisher Name Island Press, Washington, DC
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-61091-569-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-61091-756-8
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