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Green Cities of Europe

Global Lessons on Green Urbanism

Beatley, Timothy (Ed.)

2012, VIII, 236p. 47 illus..


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  • Growing interest in European approaches and techniques by American planners and policymakers
  • Builds on the information in the best-selling 1999 book, Green Urbanism

In the absence of federal leadership, states and localities are stepping forward to address critical problems like climate change, urban sprawl, and polluted water and air. Making a city fundamentally sustainable is a daunting task, but fortunately, there are dynamic, innovative models outside U.S. borders. Green Cities of Europe draws on the world's best examples of sustainability to show how other cities can become greener and more livable.

Timothy Beatley has brought together leading experts from Paris, Freiburg, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Heidelberg, Venice, Vitoria-Gasteiz, and London to illustrate groundbreaking practices in sustainable urban planning and design. These cities are developing strong urban cores, building pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure, and improving public transit. They are incorporating ecological design and planning concepts, from solar energy to natural drainage and community gardens. And they are changing the way government works, instituting municipal "green audits" and reforming economic incentives to encourage sustainability.

Whatever their specific tactics, these communities prove that a holistic approach is needed to solve environmental problems and make cities sustainable. Beatley and these esteemed contributors offer vital lessons to the domestic planning community about not only what European cities are doing to achieve that vision, but precisely how they are doing it. The result is an indispensable guide to greening American cities.

Content Level » Upper undergraduate

Keywords » Biophilic cities - Built environment - Europe - Green urbanism - Sustainability

Related subjects » Ecology - Global Change - Climate Change - Sustainable Development

Table of contents 

Chapter 1. Introduction: Why Study European Cities?

Timothy Beatley

Chapter 2. Paris, France: A 21st-Century Eco-City

Lucie Laurian

Chapter 3. Freiburg, Germany: Germany’s Eco-Capital

Dale Medearis and Wulf Daseking

Chapter 4. Copenhagen, Denmark: Green City amid the Finger Metropolis

Michaela Brüel

Chapter 5. Helsinki, Finland: Greenness and Urban Form

Maria Jaakkola

Chapter 6. Venice, Italy: Balancing Antiquity and Sustainability

Marta Moretti

Chapter 7. Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain: From Urban Greenbelt to Regional Green Infrastructure

Luis Andrés Orive and Rebeca Dios Lema

Chapter 8. London, England: A Global and Sustainable Capital City

Camilla Ween

Chapter 9. Conclusion: Green Cities of Europe as Compelling Models

Timothy Beatley



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