In an age when the buzzword is ‘sustainability’, why do we continue to build unsustainable cities and regions? Are there alternatives to car-clogged streets, sterile suburban McMansions and a degraded natural environment?
This book brings planners back to the centre of the debate. It shows that sustainability can no longer just apply to the sub-field of planning called ‘environmental planning’ but has to permeate all aspects: housing, economic development, transport, regional coordination and urban design.
Showcasing cutting-edge research from academics and doctoral research candidates at the University of Sydney, this latest edition of the Dialogues in Urban Planning series is recommended reading for professional planners, students and policy makers. We need to find a way to make our regions sustainable for this generation and for generations to come.
Edward J. Blakely is an honorary professor of urban policy at the University of Sydney.
Rafael E. Pizarro is a lecturer in sustainable urban planning at the University of Sydney.
Tony Gilmour is the founder and CEO of the Housing Action Network.
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Introduction: towards sustainable regions
Edward J. Blakely and Tony Gilmour
Part 1: theoretical context
1. Planning for sustainable development: ‘wicked problems’ at Sydney’s Malabar Headland
Krishna K. Shrestha and John Dee
2. Metrics of environmental sustainability, social equity and economic efficiency for employment location and commuting
Ken Doust and John Black
3. Collaborative planning and sustainability: exploring ecosystems as common-pool resources in the Lockyer Catchment
Krishna K. Shrestha and Ashutosh Sarker
4. Crafting economic drivers for local areas in a globalising regional economy: Sydney as a case study
Edward J. Blakely, Santosh Bista and Godfrey Lubulwa
Part 2: planning practice
5. The importance of organisational structure in building a sustainable non-profit housing sector
6. Planning for sustainable change: a review of Australian local planning schemes
Nicole Gurran and Peter Phibbs
7. Public health and the sustainability of cities: Sydney Airport’s noise pollution and community wellbeing
Deborah Black and John Black
8. Sustainable planning for poor communities: urban design studios as catalysts for development in Colombia
Rafael E. Pizarro
9. Sustainable transport planning: assessing transit oriented development in north-west Sydney
10. Planning a sustainable downtown in the global era: a case study of San Francisco
11. Recovery of the soul: sustainable rebuilding in post-Katrina New Orleans
Edward J. Blakely
Size: 210 × 148 × 15 mm
15 b&w illustrations, 30 b&w tables, and 31 colour illustrations
Copyright: © 2008
Publication: 10 Dec 2008