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As the need to confront unplanned growth increases, planners, policymakers, and citizens are scrambling for practical tools and examples of successful and workable approaches. Growth management initiatives are underway in the U.S. at all levels, but many American "success stories" provide only one piece of the puzzle. To find examples of a holistic approach to dealing with sprawl, one must turn to models outside of the United States.
In Green Urbanism, Timothy Beatley explains what planners and local officials in the United States can learn from the sustainable city movement in Europe. The book draws from the extensive European experience, examining the progress and policies of twenty-five of the most innovative cities in eleven European countries, which Beatley researched and observed in depth during a year-long stay in the Netherlands. Chapters examine:
Throughout, Beatley focuses on the key lessons from these cities -- including Vienna, Helsinki, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Zurich, Amsterdam, London, and Berlin -- and what their experience can teach us about effectively and creatively promoting sustainable development in the United States. Green Urbanism is the first full-length book to describe urban sustainability in European cities, and provides concrete examples and detailed discussions of innovative and practical sustainable planning ideas. It will be a useful reference and source of ideas for urban and regional planners, state and local officials, policymakers, students of planning and geography, and anyone concerned with how cities can become more livable.
"Beatley has made a valuable contribution to the field of urban sustainability…. His intended North American audience now has, thanks to his efforts, numerous ideas on how more sustainable urbanism night be promoted."
Canadian Journal of Urban Research
"…an engaging and comprehensive book…. Green Urbanism takes an inspiring snapshot of cities implementing both government and community-led projects to promote sustainable development in Europe."
Preface and Acknowledgments
PART I. Context and Background
Chapter 1. Introduction: Green Urbanism and the Lessons of European Cities
PART II. Land Use and Community
Chapter 2. Land Use and Urban Form: Planning Compact Cities
Chapter 3. Creative Housing and Living Environments
PART III. Transportation and Mobility in Green-Urban Cities
Chapter 4. Transit Cities: Public Transport Innovations and Priorities
Chapter 5. Taming the Auto: The Promise of Car-Free Cities
Chapter 6. Bicycles: Low-Tech Ecological Mobility
PART IV. Green, Organic Cities
Chapter 7. Urban Ecology and Strategies for Greening the Urban Environment
Chapter 8. Urban Ecocycle Balancing: Toward Closed-Loop Cities
Chapter 9. Renewable Energy Cities: Living on Solar Income
Chapter 10. Building Ecologically: Designing Buildings and Neighborhoods with Nature in Mind
PART V. Governance and Economy
Chapter 11. Ecological Governance in Green-Urban Cities
Chapter 12. Building a Sustainable Economy: Innovations in Restorative Commerce
PART VI. Learning from Europe
Chapter 13. The Promise of Green-Urbanism: Lessons from European Cities
Appendix A. Individuals Interviewed
Appendix B. Charter of European Cities and Towns: Towards Sustainability