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From Eco-Cities to Sustainable City-Regions

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From Eco-Cities to Sustainable City-Regions

China’s Uncertain Quest for an Ecological Civilization

9781839102776 Edward Elgar Publishing
Ernest J. Yanarella, Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science, University of Kentucky and Richard S. Levine, Professor Emeritus, School of Architecture, University of Kentucky and Principal Architect, CSC Design Studio, US
Publication Date: 2020 ISBN: 978 1 83910 277 6 Extent: 288 pp
A political scientist and an urban architect explore China’s odyssey to become an ecological civilization and transform its massive, unsustainable, urbanization process into one that creates hundreds of eco-cities. The resulting From Eco-Cities to Sustainable City-Regions is the first book-length study combining analysis of politics and power, urban design and planning issues derived from the co-authors’ interdisciplinary research, and on-site fieldwork from their political science and architectural area specialties.

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A political scientist and an urban architect explore China’s odyssey to become an ecological civilization and transform its massive, unsustainable, urbanization process into one that creates hundreds of eco-cities. The resulting From Eco-Cities to Sustainable City-Regions is the first book-length study combining analysis of politics and power, urban design and planning issues derived from the co-authors’ interdisciplinary research, and on-site fieldwork from their political science and architectural area specialties.

Begun in 1986, little-known policy actions have taken shape in the building of 285 eco-cities–and growing. What are the driving forces of these innovative developments? How is China going about converting its teeming urban areas into replicable and showcase cities? Can these new policy initiatives overcome the damage done to its air, waterways, and land, while significantly reducing public health dangers to its inhabitants? In searching for means for the People’s Republic of China to take the next step from eco-cities to sustainable city-regions, the co-authors assess the potential success of China’s present course and offer key recommendations for Chinese political leaders, urban planners, and citizen stakeholders to make the transition to a sustainable future for its people and the rest of the world.

The primary market for this book will be eco-researchers, Asian studies scholars and teachers, eco- and urban architects, environmental and urban policy professionals, and advanced undergraduates in environmental and sustainability studies or sciences programs. The interdisciplinary reach and critical framework of analysis will appeal to a wide variety of scholars interested in Chinese ecological strides and seeking a critical assessment of its potential.

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‘From Eco-Cities to Sustainable City-Regions by Ernest J. Yanarella and Richard S. Levine deserves to be widely read. General readers, China specialists, environmental scientists, and policy makers alike will gain insight into current sustainability concepts and practices around the world, be drawn into a case study approach to China’s environmental challenges, and benefit from the well balanced analysis of China’s efforts, complications, achievements, and failures to address those challenges through the creation of sustainable city-regions.’
– Terry Bodenhorn, (Retired) Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Director of the Library, and Professor of Modern Chinese History, Shantou University, China, 2010–2019

‘Yanarella and Levine bring a needed focus on the term “eco-cities,” taking it further to “sustainable city-regions.” They draw on their detailed knowledge of China’s exploration of eco-cities as part of an ecological civilization. This book is an important assessment of a key aspect of transitioning to a sustainable future.’
– Haydn Washington, author of What Can I Do to Help Heal the Environmental Crisis?
Contents
Contents: Preface and Acknowledgments Introduction: China’s Eco-cities and Bid to Become an Eco-Civilization 1. Theoretical Foundations of the Sustainable City-Region 2. Eco-city Development Strategy in Beijing and China’s Cities: Top-down/Bottom-up Dynamics 3. Suzhou, Wuxi and China’s Twenty-first Century Eco-city Program: From Austerity Ecology to Eco-scientific Plenty 4. New Kunming/Chenggong Eco-District: City Surrounding the Countryside? 5. Shantou: A Metropolitan Coastal Garden-City in the Making? 6. Beyond the Dongtan Debacle: Tianjin and Global Showcase Urban Sustainability Conclusion Bibliography Index

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