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Cities and Partnerships for Sustainable Urban Development

Edited by Peter Karl Kresl, Charles P. Vaughan Professor of Economics (Emeritus), Bucknell University, US and President, Global Urban Competitiveness Project
Over the past two decades, sustainability has become a principal concern for city administrators. It is a more than just environmental entailing economic, demographic, governance, social, and amenity aspects. After a short introduction to some theory, this book provides broad coverage of these aspects and their manifestations in Asia, Africa, Europe and North America. The contributors discuss, in detail, topics surrounding measurement, growth strategy, citizen participation, revitalization, and competitiveness. Though each of the cities discussed – ranging from Shanghai, to Barcelona, to Montreal – are distinct, there are similarities that connect them all. The book highlights their common elements to provide a feasible outcome for sustainable urban development.
Extent: 304 pp
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Publication Date: 2015
ISBN: 978 1 78347 963 4
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Over the past two decades, sustainability has become a principal concern for city administrators. It is more than just an environmental issue entailing economic, demographic, governance, social, and amenity aspects. After a short introduction to some theory, this book provides broad coverage of these aspects and their manifestations in Asia, Africa, Europe and North America.

The contributors discuss, in detail, topics surrounding measurement, growth strategy, citizen participation, revitalization, and competitiveness. Though each of the cities discussed – ranging from Shanghai, to Barcelona, to Montreal – are distinct, there are similarities that connect them all. The book highlights their common elements to provide a feasible outcome for sustainable urban development.

City administrators, academics and other researchers and consultants will find both the theory and principles discussed in this book of great interest. The individual contributions will be useful for students at all levels pursuing urban economics, environmental studies, planning and public policy.
‘As recently as 1960, the world was only one-third urbanized. Today it is 54% urbanized and by mid-century should be almost two-thirds urbanized. This edited volume featuring authors from around the globe offers valuable insights concerning urbanization, sustainability, and collaborative problem-solving. The book is a must read for academics and practitioners alike.’
– Earl H. Fry, Brigham Young University, US

‘The reader of this 16 chapter volume will find substantive discussions of the history, theory, methodology and practice of local and regional development, and according to the author, from a world, national, regional and local perspective. They will find elements of demand pull, science push, government procurement, localization and community development theories relevant to urban and regional sustainable development. Different chapters deal with cities in Asia, Africa, Europe and North America, and insights are given of the problems and potential for growth and sustainability of 15 cities. A relevant volume for those wishing to take stock of current knowledge and of items for a future research agenda.’
– Pierre-Paul Proulx, University of Montreal, Canada

Contributors: L. Van den Berg, L. Bruzzo, D. Ietri, W. Jacobs, S. Jianfa, J.-L. Klein, P.K. Kresl, D. Maurrasse, W. Mittulah, M. Nijdam, I. Orihuela, N. Pengfei, J. Rochman, C. Shaopeng, J. Sobrino, D.-G. Tremblay, J. Trullén, E. van Tuijl


Contents:

Introduction Peter Karl Kresl

PART I THEORY
1. Sustainable Development of Cities: The Role of Leader Firms
Leo Van den Berg, Wouter Jacobs, Michiel Nijdam and Erwin van Tuijl

2. Strategic Considerations for Urban Anchor Institutions in Local and Regional Engagement
David Maurrasse

3. The Analysis and Representation of Local Territorial Networks in Building Public-private Partnerships
Luigi Bruzzo and Daniele Ietri

PART II ASIAN AND AFRICAN EXAMPLES
4. Urbanisation Process and Policies for Sustainable Urbanization in China
Shen Jianfa

5. Shanghai and Nantong: The Twin Cities’ Tale of Sustainable Competitiveness
Ni Pengfei and Cai Shaopeng

6. Political Engagement Deficit in Sustainable Competitivenessof Cities in East Africa
Winnie Mittulah

Part III EUROPEAN AND NORTH AMERICAN EXAMPLES
7. Inclusive Growth and Urban Strategies: The Case of Barcelona
Joan Trullén

8. Urban Sustainability and Competitiveness: Factors Defining Mexican Cities
Isela Orihuela

9. Sustainable Development and Competitive Performance in Mexican Cities: Economic and Environmental Accounts
Jaime Sobrino

10. Chicago and Pittsburgh: Two Paths to Sustainable Renewal
Peter Karl Kresl

11. Urban Sustainability and Revitalization; the Case of the Mile End in Montreal
Juan-Luis Klein, Diane-Gabriella Tremblay and Juliette Rochman

PART IV THE ROLE OF PARTNERSHIPS IN SUSTAINABILITY
12. Partnerships in a Small University Town
Peter Karl Kresl

13. Partnerships and Industrial Clusters; the Case of the Fashion Cluster Development in Montreal
Diane-Gabrielle Tremblay

14. The Third Runway Project of HKIA: The Process of Consultation and Consensus Building in Hong Kong
Shen Jianfa

15. From Trash Disposal to Business District: Public-private Partnerships Behind Santa Fe, Mexico City
Jaime Sobrino

16. Partnerships for Public Service Delivery in Mexico: Types, Territorial Distribution and Competiveness
Isela Orihuela

Index