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Green Urbanism: Learning From European Cities Paperback – December 1, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-1559636827 ISBN-10: 1559636823 Edition: Tuttle

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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Island Press; Tuttle edition (December 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1559636823
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559636827
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #251,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"…an engaging and comprehensive book…. Green Urbanism takes an inspiring snapshot of cities implementing both government and community-led projects to promote sustainable development in Europe."

"Beatley has made a valuable contribution to the field of urban sustainability…. His intended North American audience now has, thanks to his efforts, numerous ideas on how more sustainable urbanism night be promoted."
(Canadian Journal of Urban Research)

About the Author

Timothy Beatley is Teresa Heinz professor of Sustainable Communities at University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. His books include An Introduction to Coastal Zone Management (Island Press, 1994; 2nd ed., 2002), The Ecology of Place (Island Press, 1997), and Green Urbanism (Island Press, 2000).

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By L.. Oost on March 24, 2007
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Timothy Beateley did an excellent job describing European cities and their sustainability policies. Overall it is a solid, technical approach with detailed information about policy, institutions, research. But somehow he does not succeed in convincing me about appropriate tactics to enhance sustainability in cities. He just offers extensive, I must say, rather optimistic appraisals of European cities and their policies. Yes, European cities do have advantages compared with the avarage American city. A medium sized European city mostly has a compact urban form and does nut suffer from extensive urban sprawl. But Beatley fails to distinguish between good intentions and results in urban planning. I fear that mostly his descriptions are based on rather biased information, including mine, on the possibilities and realities of European planning. He bases his analysis on the charters with good intentions, policy documents and congresses. He seems to oversee the fact that even European cities do not succeed in reducing the ecological footprint. I would rather divert the attention towards the conceptions of the real possessors of power, the builders, the industrial entrepreneurs, the image makers. The selling of sustainability seems to me the most challenging issue. Policy makers have temporarily lost their interest and are not able to implement their well intended policies.

Luuk Oost
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Blake Hamann on August 24, 2005
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As a college student with a focus on planning and green design I found Timothy Beatley's book inspiring. So inspiring in fact that I am travelling to Europe this fall in search of solutions to urban issues of sustainability which can be used in the states. I agree with the reviewer who said that there are large differences in structure, funding and politics in Northern Europe but I strongly disagree with his dismissive assertion that those solutions are irrelevant or impossible in the United States. What exists is possible. Livable, walkable, sustainable cities are important for people everywhere and we should look for ideas anywhere we can get them.

As for Beatley's "slanted" case studies, he includes at the end of each chapter examples of similar initiatives and programs in American cities. Personally I don't think the author is scolding American cities for not being progressive so much as offering examples of what is possible. Are we capable of "Learning From European Cities?" Absolutely. Can they be adapted to the realities of American cities? Of course.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Joshua D. Hamilton on June 12, 2000
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Beatley shows there is much to learn from the Europeans when it come to the ecological and environmental city planning. Although it would be hard to implement European planning practices on American soil, it brings a new, and beneficial perspective that many can use towards an incremental change.
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