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Quintessential Cities, Accountable to the Future

Sustainability, Innovation and Citizenship

Mega, Voula

2013, XXV, 279 p. 17 illus. in color.

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  • Suggests that citizenship and innovation are the most important elements for the cities to lead the civilisation of sustainability
  • Advocates for the creation of a strategic global UrbanPedia and sheds light on exemplary world strategic partnerships on cities
  • Covers the global outlook of the challenges facing cities today
​ ​This book can be seen as the third part of an unofficial trilogy on Sustainable Cities of the Future with the author's previous books 'Sustainable Development, Energy and the City' and 'Sustainable Cities for the third millennium: The Odyssey of urban excellence', both prefaced by Prof. Sir Peter Hall. All three books follow the evolving forefront of innovations towards Sustainable Cities. They collectively try to respond to the questions: What future cities wish to build (with their scarcities and capacities) on a finite planet? What do-they do to achieve this? How do-they contribute to redesign the world?  The third book adopts, first and foremost, a strategic foresight approach including a scan of the future trends, tensions and risks in a more uncertain world, the possible and preferable futures, emerging policy issues, such as intergenerational  cities or cities welcoming the immigrants and their impact on sustainable development, the Rio+20 prospects and the effects of the protracted crisis, efforts by world interconnected cities, including a case-study on Bangkok, a laboratory of urban change, and examples of frugal and resilient urban policies.​

Content Level » Research

Keywords » eco-responsible - sustainable development - urban change

Related subjects » Geography - Sustainable Development

Table of contents 

Insights from the Future: Trends, Risks and Opportunities.- Human Ecosystems in a resource scarce World.- Cities Ahead of the Energy Transition.- Reinventing Smart, Green and Inclusive Mobility in Cities.- Pioneer Cities in the Creative Sustainable Economy.- Intergenerational Cities Embracing Diversity and Social Justice.- Cities of Education, Knowledge and Innovation, Culture and the Arts.- Sustainable Regeneration and Enlightenment.- The Civic Bond: Cities for and With Citizens.- Co-designing Fair Cities for the Next Generations.- European Cities and Interconnected World Experiences.- Index.

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