Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Cities as Sustainable Ecosystems: Principles and Practices

Cities as Sustainable Ecosystems : Principles and Practices 
By Peter Newman, Isabella Jennings
Publisher: Island Press | 2008 | PDF | 296 pages | 2,9 mb

Modern city dwellers are largely detached from the environmental effects of their daily lives. The sources of the water they drink, the food they eat, and the energy they consume are all but invisible, often coming from other continents, and their waste ends up in places beyond their city boundaries.

Cities as Sustainable Ecosystems shows how cities and their residents can begin to reintegrate into their bioregional environment, and how cities themselves can be planned with nature’s organizing principles in mind. Taking cues from living systems for sustainability strategies, Newman and Jennings reassess urban design by exploring flows of energy, materials, and information, along with the interactions between human and non-human parts of the system.

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