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ISBN-13: 978-1597264990 ISBN-10: 1597264997 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Island Press; 1 edition (January 9, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597264997
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597264990
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 6.1 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is the book that we city planners have been waiting for! Powerful, persuasive and instructive, Resilient Cities offers the first comprehensive overview of how to achieve sustainability in our cities."
(Eugenie L. Birch Nussdorf Professor, Dept. of City & Regional Planning, School of Design, Univers)


"Unwilling to accept the collapse of our cities as an option, Newman, Beatley and Boyer have created a vision of possibilities, an inspiring artist's sketch of potentially viable and resilient urban futures."
(William E. Rees Professor, School of Community & Regional Planning, University of British Columb)


"This is a useful and creative book, summarizing considerable experience and constructive ideas about ways to cut carbon emissions in cities and increase their resilience at the same time."
(Journal of Urban Design)


"The opportunities of the twenty-first century make those of us who care about cities feel like kids in a candy store: How will cities survive and lead the way in the transformation required to combat global warming? Resilient Cities gives us a road map for this epic journey upon which we are embarking."
(Greg Nickels mayor of Seattle, Washington)

About the Author

Peter Newman is professor of sustainability at Curtin University in Western Australia. He is the author of Cities as Sustainable Ecosystems (Island Press, 2007). Timothy Beatley is Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities at the University of Virginia. His books include Green Urbanism (Island Press, 2000) and Ecology of Place (Island Press, 1997). Heather Boyer is senior editor at Island Press and 2005 Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Brown on June 28, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is a well written, easily understood, perfect introductory book that discusses urban design/planning and our energy dependency. Unlike other books, its strength is that it is not an architecturally, sociologically or politically weighed down text. Furthermore the text offers several possibilities to improve urban living starting now and how urban centers and rural areas could become sustainable and stable. The authors did an excellent job of knowing who their initial audience would be-the general public- who are not involved in the aforementioned fields but who are interested and concerned by the real threats that the 'oil age' has inadvertantly brought about in our world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Helmut G. on December 21, 2010
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This book offers an introductory presentation of the increasing important concept of "resilience," in this case addressing how two issues,"peak oil" and climate change. After briefly laying out the current science and projections related to these two issues, Ch. 3 "Four Scenarios" defines four possibilities of our non-action or action, seen in trends evident today, e.g. (1) urban duress (the authors use the term "collapse"), (2)urban flight to rural enclaves, (3) the divided city with class-restricted and walled compounds, or (4) the "resilient city," a "vision" whereby communities and regions plan for our uncertain future with actions to build local resources and economies, democratic equity and sustainability. The argument and plea for this fourth option is the core message of this volume, which is presented with optimism and exemplary steps. The authors summarize these positive steps in a concluding chapter, including energy efficient buildings, smart grid transit tied to pedestrian mobility, and local food network. The organization of the book in this straight forward format makes it ideal for class room assignment and discussion.
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Expert Shopper on February 21, 2009
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I think that with global warming occuring we all need to get educated. This book gives you some basic information about oil and its effect on climate change.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Anita M. Lorenz on March 13, 2009
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Anyone who has anything to do with town planning should read this book. Anyone who is concerned about environmental issues should read this book. Anyone who isn't concerned MUST read this book!! It scares the daylights out of me, and will do the same for any thinking person.
The simple message is that it is half-past time to act, and we must all be involved and committed to secure future standards of living.
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1 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mark A. Fallows on February 28, 2011
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I only purchased this book because I had to for one of my classes. As soon as class is finished I'm selling it back.

The reason I dislike this book is because of it's assumption that man causes climate change and therefore we need to drastically change the way we live. Although I partially agree with the author about the need to switch from oil to something else (mostly for security reasons), the book is written in a very alarmist tone and suggests that if we don't act 10 years ago that we are doomed.
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