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Cityscape's Review of The Renewable city,
This review is from: The Renewable City: A comprehensive guide to an urban revolution (English and Italian Edition) (Paperback)
The Renewable City - A Comprehensive Guide to an Urban Revolution - Peter Droege - Wiley Academy 2006 - ISBN: 0470019263 - Paperback and ISBN: 0470019255 Hardback.
The author combines an encyclopaedic knowledge with a lucid writing style that places this book in the Meadows, Carsons and Lovins class as one who can turn around mindsets but also provide a vision ahead.
he author states that it is a guidebook on three major urban efficiency issues as in reforming wasteful forms of mobility and transport; reducing stationary energy consumption and achieving urban thermal improvements by design. It is also a book for a revolution in the making. The problem is to solve the use of oil, gas and coal employed in an extremely short lived moment in history, but with today's global urban civilization almost entirely dependent upon it, and with its immense attendant security, sustainability and health problems. This is an enormous task of undoing several generations of planning priorities arising out of eras gripped by visions of limitless growth and fossil fuel energy availability.
Clearly, in the sphere of planning, energy must return to centre stage to fully gain the pre-eminentposition it deserves, but the adoption of renewable and efficient infrastructure and not the counting of emissions, is the end goal of Renewable City planning. The key to success is to disaggregate long-term aims into operational tangible goals.
This book is a magnificent resource for students, practitioners and concerned citizens. It belongs on one's desk as a constant reference source and, in these times, not on the shelves.
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