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Green Urbanism Down Under

Author: Timothy Beatley
Publisher: Island Press
ISBN: 9781597268622
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In this immensely practical book, Timothy Beatley sets out to answer a simple question: what can Americans learn from Australians about “greening” city life? Green Urbanism Down Under reports on the current state of “sustainability practice” in Australia and the many lessons that U.S. residents can learn from the best Australian programs and initiatives. Australia is similar to the United States in many ways, especially in its “energy footprint.” For example, Australia’s per capita greenhouse gas emissions are second only to those of the United States. A similar percentage of its residents live in cities (85 percent in Australia vs. 80 percent in the United States). And it suffers from parallel problems of air and water pollution, a national dependence on automobiles, and high fossil fuel consumption. Still, after traveling throughout Australia, Beatley finds that there are myriad creative responses to these problems—and that they offer instructive examples for the United States. Green Urbanism Down Under is a very readable collection of solutions. Although many of these innovative solutions are little-known outside Australia, they all present practical possibilities for U.S. cities. Beatley describes “green transport” projects, “city farms,” renewable energy plans, green living programs, and much more. He considers a host of public policy initiatives and scrutinizes regional and state planning efforts for answers. In closing, he shares his impressions about how Australian results might be applied to U.S. problems. This is a unique book: hopeful, constructive, and filled with ideas that have been proven to work. It is a “must read” for anyone who cares about the future of American cities.

Green Urbanism In Asia

Author: Peter Newman
Publisher: World Scientific
ISBN: 9814425478
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The world is facing an age of scarcity which will challenge all cities to reduce their resource footprint, especially carbon, improve biodiversity and at the same time continue to create economic opportunities and liveable places. This is green urbanism. Asian urban growth is leading the world in the rapidity of its change but how is it doing on green urbanism? This book finds emerging innovations and first signs of green urbanism in Asia and suggests they may be the guiding light for the rest of the world. The authors highlight seven archetypal cities exhibiting green urbanism: the renewable energy city, the bioregional carbon neutral city, the distributed city, the biophilic city, the eco-efficient city, the place-based city and the sustainable transport city. The book is a must-read for all who are concerned with the future of our cities as it instills hope that a greener urban future is possible.

Global Green Infrastructure

Author: Ian Mell
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317520572
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Over the last decade research exploring green infrastructure planning has burgeoned. Transferable green infrastructure messages between locations though are less well established and there remains a visible gap between the conceptual understanding of green infrastructure and its application in practice. Drawing together evaluations of green infrastructure policy-making and practice from across the world Global Green Infrastructure illustrates where successful practices can be identified. Examples from major green infrastructure development areas in the UK, Europe and the USA highlight the variety of investment options that can deliver socio-economic benefits. There is also a growing awareness of the added value of landscape planning in the rapidly developing cities of India and China. Reflecting on ten international case studies Global Green Infrastructure highlights the ways that ecology and engineered solutions can deliver successful urban development. Based on in situ research with the growing community of green infrastructure researchers and practitioners Global Green Infrastructure looks at the contradictions, consensus, and expanding evidence base of successful investments. This book also presents an in-depth commentary on the contemporary approaches to investment in urban greening and green infrastructure, and draws on the lessons we have learnt from a decade of experimentation, delivery and reflection.

Kitchen Table Sustainability

Author: Steph Vajda
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136562532
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Kitchen Table Sustainability offers a unique view of sustainability through the lens of community engagement. It takes sustainability out of the ivory towers of universities, government departments and planners to the kitchen tables of the world. This practical guide distils decades of wisdom from community planning, engagement and sustainability practice internationally into a user-friendly and engaging book that is both inspirational and packed with hands-on tools. The core of the book is a bottom-up approach to participatory community engagement and development, referred to as EATING, that consists of six components: Education, Action, Trust, Inclusion, Nourishment and Governance.

Wild Lime

Author: Juleigh Robins
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781864480825
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This textbook is for those interested in the development of Australia's native produce. Propagation and botanical information, recipes and traditional Koori uses accompany 100 chosen trees, lilies, ground orchids, herbs, water plants, creepers and ground covers. Selection is based on first-hand experience in both growing and cooking the edible parts.

Zoo City

Author: Lauren Beukes
Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH
ISBN: 3644516413
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Wer Schuld auf sich lädt ... ... muss mit zwei Dingen leben: einer magischen Begabung. Und einem Tier, das plötzlich da ist und einem nie mehr von der Seite weicht. So wie das Faultier, das Zinzi December auf dem Rücken trägt. Zinzi hat einen Haufen Schulden und ein Talent dafür, verlorene Dinge zu finden. Oder Menschen, wie im Fall des verschwundenen Pop-Starlets Songweza. Die Suche gestaltet sich schwierig, denn in einer Welt, in der Magie und Verbrechen regieren, sind allzu viele Fragen nicht erwünscht. Wenn man anfängt, in Johannesburgs dunkle Ecken zu schauen, kommt schnell die Wahrheit ans Licht. Eine Wahrheit, die einige Leute dringend unter Verschluss halten wollen. Die Wahrheit über die «Getierten» und über das, was im Verborgenen mit ihnen geschieht ... Ausgezeichnet mit dem Arthur C. Clarke Award. «‹Zoo City› ist der außergewöhnliche Roman einer extrem vielversprechenden Schriftstellerin. [...] Er hat so viele fabelhafte Wortspiele, phantasievolle Szenen und einen derart schwarzen Humor, dass ich vollkommen gefesselt war. Lässt ‹District 9› wirken wie ein Ferienlager.» (Cory Doctorow) «Beukes’ furios-phantastischer Noir-Roman explodiert geradezu vor origineller Ideen.» (New York Times Book Review) «Beukes‘ Roman ist eine spannende Achterbahnfahrt, auf der sie gekonnt verschiedene Erzählstile und grandiose Einfälle mixt und nebenbei das Urban-Fantasy-Genre zurück zu seinen innovativen Wurzeln führt.» (Publisher’s Weekly) «Lauren Beukes schreibt scheinbar mühelos, absolut vollkommen.» (William Gibson) «Ein wundervoller Fantasy-Noir-Thriller.» (Ben Aaronovitch)