Opens up new ways of thinking about and debating the consequences of sustainable urbanism as it moves from planning to practice.
In the context of urban sustainable development, the "details" of sustainability's current expressions perpetuate environmental injustice, untenable growth, and the destruction of functioning ecosystems. In response to this state of affairs, Adventures in Sustainable Urbanism aims to prompt new debates about the consequences of sustainable urbanism as it moves from planning to practice. Contributors explore policy, practice, and experience from cities around the world, including Calgary, Christchurch, Dortmund, Vancouver, and others. Written by scholars who live in these cities, chapters offer empirically rich descriptions for opening up new lines of thinking, theorizing, and debate about the sustainable city and its actual material expressions in place. By examining the sustainable city through various analytical framings, contributors urge readers to move from viewing the sustainable city as something everyone can agree on, to a highly politicized and contested process. Additional resources are provided for readers who may wish to extend their own research into a city or theme.
Robert Krueger is Associate Professor of Geography at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the coeditor (with David Gibbs) of The Sustainable Development Paradox: Urban Political Economy in the United States and Europe. Tim Freytag is Professor of Human Geography at the University of Freiburg, Germany. Samuel Mössner is Professor for Planning and Sustainability at the University of Münster, Germany.
"…a wide swath of information arguing the urgency and importance of environmental sustainability for the present and future of the globe permeates the text … Committed readers will surely be able to enrich their toolkits and build on the material found here, a testament to the volume's ultimate quality. " — CHOICE
"This is a very compelling book that clearly conveys the multiple and contested meanings and practices of sustainable urban development. In the end, the reader is left to consider not only the plurality of understandings of sustainability—clearly not an innocent or neutral concept—but the varied interests sustainability may serve. This book represents a unique contribution to the field. " — Byron Miller, coeditor of The Routledge Handbook on Spaces of Urban Politics