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Handbook of Cities and the Environment

Edited by Kevin Archer, Professor and Dean, School of Graduate Studies and Research, Central Washington University and Kris Bezdecny, Assistant Professor, Department of Geosciences and Environment, California State University, Los Angeles, US
With an ever-growing majority of the world's human population living in city spaces, the relationship between cities and nature will be one of the key environmental issues of the 21st Century. This book brings together a diverse set of authors to explore the various aspects of this relationship both theoretically and empirically. Rather than considering cities as wholly separate from nature, a running theme throughout the book is that cities, and city dwellers, should be characterized as intrinsic in the creation of specifically urban-generated ‘socio-natures’.
Extent: 480 pp
Hardback Price: $230.00 Web: $207.00
Publication Date: 2016
ISBN: 978 1 78471 225 9
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  • Environment
  • Environmental Sociology
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  • Cities and Urban Geography
  • Environmental Geography
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  • Urban and Regional Studies
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  • Urban Studies
With an ever-growing majority of the world's human population living in city spaces, the relationship between cities and nature will be one of the key environmental issues of the twenty-first Century. This timely book investigates how the rapidly growing number of city dwellers across the globe relate to their natural environments and what this means for the future of these environments.

Offering an interdisciplinary approach to the impacts of urban spaces on the future of the environment, the book is a full-scale attempt to radically rethink the relationship between cities and nature. The editors bring together a diverse set of well-known authors and new voices to explore the various aspects of this relationship both theoretically and empirically. Rather than considering cities as wholly separate from nature, a running theme throughout the book is that cities, and city dwellers, should be characterized as intrinsic in the creation of specifically urban-generated ‘socio-natures’.

An essential resource for those working at the intersection of cities and the environment, it will be of great value to urbanists, geographers, planners, sociologists, economists, anthropologists, policy-makers, public administrators and environmental scientists.
‘How are cities both at the root of our environmental problems yet central to solving them? The chapters assembled here offer rich responses, through a blend of theoretical reflection and empirical analysis. It will be an excellent resource for urbanists across the disciplines.’
– Noel Castree, University of Wollongong, Australia

‘If urban environments continue to be a new frontier for understanding the interconnected dynamics of socio-natural progress and uneven development, and I believe they are, then this book is important reading for sharpening and deepening our collective understandings about how the production of urban nature(s) necessitates robust theoretical consideration backed by decisive action.’
– Nik Heynen, University of Georgia, US
Contributors: K. Archer, L. Benton-Short, J.M. Berry, G. Bettini, K. Bezdecny, J. Bratt, V.C. Broto, K. Davidson, R.M. Friend, N. Gabriel, B. Gleeson, L. Guibrunet, D. Houston, R. Jones, M. Kaika, L. Karaliotas, M. Keeley, J. Kitson, T.W. Luke, R. Pizarro, K.E. Portney, J. Ravetz, J. Rennie Short, J. Rowland, T.G. Smith, E. Swyngedouw, P. Thinphanga, R.H. Wilson


















Contents:

1. Introduction
Kris Bezdecny and Kevin Archer

PART I THEORIZING THE PRODUCTION OF CITY ENVIRONMENTS
2. Urban Imaginaries of City and Nature
John Rennie Short

3. Re-Naturing Cities: Great Promises, Deadlock … and New Beginnings?
Erik Swyngedouw and Maria Kaika

4. Urban Resilience, the Local and the Politics of the Anthropocene: Reflections on the Future of the Urban Environment
Lazaros Karaliotas and Giovanni Bettini

PART II DESIGNS FOR THE CITY ENVIRONMENT
5. North American and European Sustainable Urbanism: Toward a Theoretical Model for Sustainable Urban Design
Rafael E. Pizarro

6. Sustainable Urban Futures: Contested Transitions and Creative Pathways
Joe Ravetz

7. Towards an Urban Metabolic Analysis of the Informal City
Louise Guibrunet and Vanesa Castán Broto

PART III CLIMATE CHANGE AND CITY ENVIRONMENTS
8. Urbanization, Climate Change, and Regional Integration in the Mekong
Richard M. Friend and Pakamas Thinphanga

9. Urban Resilience to Climate Change Challenges in Africa
Robert H. Wilson and Todd G. Smith

10. Urban Flooding, Vulnerability and Justice
Donald Houston

PART IV URBAN SUSTAINABILITY IN THE UNITED STATES
11. The Group and Ideological Bases of Local Sustainability Policies and Programs
Kent E. Portney and Jeffrey M. Berry

12. Green Space in Urban Sustainability Plans: Trends and Best Practices
Lisa Benton-Short, Melissa Keeley and Jennifer Rowland

13. Mending Fences: Constituting Urban Subjects Through Environmental Stewardship
Nate Gabriel

14. “Restoring” Seattle’s River: Competing Conceptions of the Duwamish Socio-nature
Kevin Archer and Kris Bezdecny

PART V OTHER EXPERIENCES OF THE CITY ENVIRONMENT
15. City Sensing and Urban Aesthetics
Jennifer Kitson and Jonathan Bratt

16. Making Moorhen
Ryan Jones

PART VI THE PROSPECT FOR CITIES AND THE ENVIRONMENT
17. The New Urban Assertions: No Prospect There
Kathryn Davidson and Brendan Gleeson

18. Sustainability and the City
Timothy W. Luke

Index