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Urban sustainability in theory and practice : circles of sustainability / Paul James ; with Liam Magee, Andy Scerri, Manfred Steger
Bib ID 6612101
Format BookBook [text, volume]
Author
James, Paul (Paul Warren), 1958- author
 
Description Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2015 
©2015 
xxii, 260 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm. 
ISBN 1138025720
1138025739
9781138025721
9781138025738
Invalid ISBN 9781315765747
Series

Advances in urban sustainability

Summary

"Cities are home to the most consequential current attempts at human adaptation and they provide one possible focus for the flourishing of life on this planet. However, for this to be realized in more than an ad hoc way, a substantial rethinking of current approaches and practices needs to occur. Urban Sustainability in Theory and Practice responds to the crises of sustainability in the world today by going back to basics. It makes four major contributions to thinking about and acting upon cities. It provides a means of reflexivity learning about urban sustainability in the process of working practically for positive social development and projected change. It challenges the usually taken-for-granted nature of sustainability practices while providing tools for modifying those practices. It emphasizes the necessity of a holistic and integrated understanding of urban life. Finally it rewrites existing dominant understandings of the social whole such as the triple-bottom line approach that reduce environmental questions to externalities and social questions to background issues. The book is a much-needed practical and conceptual guide for rethinking urban engagement.Covering the full range of sustainability domains and bridging discourses aimed at academics and practitioners, this is an essential read for all those studying, researching and working in urban geography, sustainability assessment, urban planning, urban sociology and politics, sustainable development and environmental studies"--

"This book responds to the crises of sustainability in the world today by going back to basics. It makes four major contributions to thinking about and acting upon cities. It provides a means of reflexivity learning about urban sustainability in the process of working practically for positive social development and projected change. It challenges the usually taken-for-granted nature of sustainability practices while providing tools for modifying those practices. It emphasizes the necessity of a holistic and integrated understanding of urban life. Finally it rewrites existing dominant understandings of the social whole such as the triple-bottom line approach that reduce environmental questions to externalities and social questions to background issues. The book is a practical and conceptual guide for rethinking urban engagement"--

Notes

"Earthscan from Routledge."

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Subjects City planning -- Environmental aspects.  |  Sociology, Urban.  |  Sustainable urban development.  |  Urban ecology (Sociology)  |  Australian

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