Blue and Green Cities

The Role of Blue-Green Infrastructure in Managing Urban Water Resources

Author: Robert C. Brears

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137592583

Category: Social Science

Page: 318

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This book offers new research on urban policy innovations that promote the application of blue-green infrastructure in managing water resources sustainably. The author argues that urban water managers have traditionally relied on grey infrastructural solutions to mitigate risks with numerous economic and environmental consequences. Brears explores the role urban water managers have in implementing blue-green infrastructure to reduce ecological damage and mitigate risk. The case studies in this book illustrate how cities, of differing climates, lifestyles and income-levels, have implemented policy innovations that promote the application of blue-green infrastructure in managing water, wastewater and stormwater sustainably to reduce environmental degradation and enhance resilience to climate change. This new research on urban policy innovations that promote the application of blue-green infrastructure in managing water resources sustainably will be of interest to those working on water conservation and policy.

Green Cities of Europe

Global Lessons on Green Urbanism

Author: Timothy Beatley

Publisher: Island Press

ISBN: 161091175X

Category: Architecture

Page: 248

View: 703

In the absence of federal leadership, states and localities are stepping forward to address critical problems like climate change, urban sprawl, and polluted water and air. Making a city fundamentally sustainable is a daunting task, but fortunately, there are dynamic, innovative models outside U.S. borders. Green Cities of Europe draws on the world's best examples of sustainability to show how other cities can become greener and more livable. Timothy Beatley has brought together leading experts from Paris, Freiburg, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Heidelberg, Venice, Vitoria-Gasteiz, and London to illustrate groundbreaking practices in sustainable urban planning and design. These cities are developing strong urban cores, building pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure, and improving public transit. They are incorporating ecological design and planning concepts, from solar energy to natural drainage and community gardens. And they are changing the way government works, instituting municipal "green audits" and reforming economic incentives to encourage sustainability. Whatever their specific tactics, these communities prove that a holistic approach is needed to solve environmental problems and make cities sustainable. Beatley and these esteemed contributors offer vital lessons to the domestic planning community about not only what European cities are doing to achieve that vision, but precisely how they are doing it. The result is an indispensable guide to greening American cities. Contributors include: Lucie Laurian (Paris) Dale Medearis and Wulf Daseking (Freiburg) Michaela Brüel (Copenhagen) Maria Jaakkola (Helsinki) Marta Moretti (Venice) Luis Andrés Orive and Rebeca Dios Lema (Vitoria-Gasteiz) Camilla Ween (London)

The Economy of Green Cities

A World Compendium on the Green Urban Economy

Author: Richard Simpson,Monika Zimmermann

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9400719698

Category: Science

Page: 450

View: 441

This volume bridges the gap between the global promotion of the Green Economy and the manifestation of this new development strategy at the urban level. Green cities are an imperative solution, not only in meeting global environmental challenges but also in helping to ensure socio-economic prosperity at the local level.

Flood Recovery, Innovation and Response IV

Author: D. Proverbs,C. A. Brebbia

Publisher: WIT Press

ISBN: 184564784X

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 320

View: 8843

Flooding is a global phenomenon that claims numerous lives worldwide each year. Set up to promote research into this area of study, this book contains the proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Flood Recovery, Innovation and Response. When flooding occurs in populated areas, it can cause substantial damage to property as well as threatening human life. In addition, many more people must endure the homelessness, upset and disruption that are left in the wake of floods. The increased frequency of flooding in the last few years, coupled with climate change predictions and urban development, suggest that these statistics are set to worsen in the future. Apart from the physical damage to buildings, contents and loss of life, which are the most obvious impacts of floods upon households, other more indirect losses are often overlooked. These indirect and intangible impacts are generally associated with disruption to normal life as well as longer term health issues including stress related illness. Flooding represents a major barrier to the alleviation of poverty in many parts of the developing world, where vulnerable communities are often exposed to sudden and life threatening events. This book covers a wide range of technical and management topics related to flooding and its impacts on communities, property and people. These include: Flood Modelling; Risk Assessment; Flood Management; Considering ‘Blue-Green’ Approaches to Flood Risk Management; Property-level Flooding and Health Consequences; State-of-the-art Flooding-damage Survey and Assessment; Emergency Preparedness and Response; Adaptation to Flood Risk.

Ecosystem Services and Global Ecology

Author: Levente Hufnagel

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 1789237386

Category: Science

Page: 224

View: 7054

The aim of Ecosystem Services and Global Ecology is to give an overview and report from the frontiers of research of this important and interesting multidisciplinary area. Ecosystem services as a concept plays a key role in solving global environmental and human ecological crises and associated other problems, especially today when the sixth major extinction event of the history of the biosphere is in progress, and humanity can easily become a victim of it. Human activity is rapidly transforming the surface of the Earth, its biosphere, atmosphere, soil, and water resources. Ecological processes happen over a long time scale, thus damage caused by human activity will be perceptible after decades or even centuries. We hope that our book will be interesting and useful for researchers, lecturers, students, and anyone interested in this field.

Stadtgrün / Urban Green

Europäische Landschaftsarchitektur für das 21. Jahrhundert / European Landscape Architecture for the 21st century

Author: Peter Cachola Schmal,Annette Becker

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 3034611331

Category: Architecture

Page: 248

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Die in jüngerer Zeit zu konstatierende Wiederentdeckung der Stadt hat die Sehnsucht der Menschen nach der Natur keineswegs verdrängt. Im Gegenteil: Es gilt, innerstädtische Lösungen zu finden, die diesen neu gewachsenen Bedürfnissen gerecht werden, und zwar Lösungen, die gleichzeitig den Anforderungen von Gestaltung, Ökologie, Soziologie und Ökonomie entsprechen. Die Publikation widmet sich dem Thema der innerstädtischen Freiraumgestaltung. Sie dokumentiert 20 aktuell realisierte Beispiele innerhalb Europas, zum überwiegenden Teil mit Grünpflanzungen, entworfen von international renommierten Landschaftsarchitekten, wie etwa Gustafson Porter, Field Operations, Michel Desvigne, Gross.Max, Latz + Partner und West 8. Die Projekte, realisiert zwischen 2004 und 2010, reichen vom innerstädtischen Privatgarten über Plätze, Straßen und Promenaden bis hin zu Großprojekten wie der Revitalisierung von Flussuferbereichen oder Grün-Masterplanungen für ganze Städte. Das städtische Grün leistet einen wichtigen Beitrag zum ökologischen Stadtumbau. Die dokumentierten Projekte zeigen in beispielhafter Form, wie dies mit modernsten Materialien und Technologien gelingen kann.

Self-Organization and the City

Author: Juval Portugali

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9783540654834

Category: Political Science

Page: 352

View: 2332

This book integrates the theories of complex self-organizing systems with the rich body of discourse and literature developed in what might be called ‘social theory of cities and urbanism’. It uses techniques from dynamical complexity and synergetics to successfully tackle open social science questions.

A Marvel of Blue and Green

Author: Deana Gendron

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 145201891X

Category: Fiction

Page: 108

View: 5003

Dumped again! Not once but twice. First by her vanishing Dad and then by her overprotective mom. Ruby Ann's adventure begins when she is sent to live with Granny. She meets an eccentric cast of characters from whom she learns the true meaning of family, how we all are intrinsically connected, and that even the smallest stone causes a ripple far beyond its size.

Tod und Leben großer amerikanischer Städte

Author: Jane Jacobs

Publisher: Birkhäuser

ISBN: 3035602123

Category: Architecture

Page: 220

View: 6761

In The Death and Life of Great American Cities durchleuchtet Jane Jacobs 1961 die fragwürdigen Methoden der Stadtplanung und Stadtsanierung in Amerika, der "New Yorker" nannte es das unkonventionellste und provozierendste Buch über Städtebau seit langem. Die deutsche Ausgabe wurde schnell auch im deutschsprachigem Raum zu einer viel gelesenen und diskutierten Lektüre. Sie ist jetzt wieder in einem Nachdruck zugänglich, mit einem Vorwort von Gerd Albers (1993), das nach der Aktualität dieser Streitschrift fragt.

Designing Sustainable Cities

Author: Rachel Cooper,Graeme Evans,Christopher Boyko

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781444318685

Category: Architecture

Page: 336

View: 6425

This book offers practical solutions to achieving sustainable urbandesign and development, and helps designers communicate thesesolutions effectively to planners, developers and policy makers. Addressing sustainability issues in relation to the design andplanning of the urban environment is a complex, multi-disciplinaryissue and solutions never arrive from a single perspective. Theauthors use design as a facilitating factor to consider when and bywhom decisions that contribute to sustainability are made, andthrough three major city-centre case studies - London, Manchesterand Sheffield – they consider social, environmental andeconomic factors and examine their relationship to thedecision-making process. Designing Sustainable Cities begins by identifying thekey processes and lead decision-makers. The following chaptersdevelop an understanding of the dimensions of sustainability,presenting the tools by which the dimensions can be analysed. Laterchapters illustrate the trade-offs and the relationships betweenthe dimensions of sustainability - with case study examples - aswell as the use of IT in making design decisions. Finally, the bookmakes recommendations for future approaches to the design,development and on-going management of urban environments. Designing Sustainable Cities covers: latest research data on the urban environment and theinteraction between social, economic and environmental issues methods of understanding the context in which urban designtakes place guidance on the codes of practice process maps to help understand the context, make trade-offsand develop design solutions that allow for change methods for testing the consequences of design proposals andmonitoring outcomes.

Young and Green in the City

Author: Gary Luders

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 9781477237144

Category: Fiction

Page: 548

View: 8569

Here is a boy bespangled by green wanes light of green trees green painted fences; and green cut lawns; as his place at Clayton City College. Here he advanced to Cal. State College Hartsfield to be an Accounting major; only to be instigated to complete a B. A. Liberal Arts degree; as to be fit for a Retail Management job. He had a haunting memory of a Cheerleader Lucy Brooks, the Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity; and his Cafeteria Bus Boy employment; as being his College dream. His Wards Department Store was suitable employment; until his hypos demanded the pursuit of Carpentry in Amador Valley. Soon he had mastered all the crews of Rio Vista Track Home Development. By the winds of Amador Valley; he with a sizable nest egg was only to move on to two prospective State Colleges in the Los Angeles. Here was once again another fruitless College activity effort. Upon return home his Mother had recognized him as the relative Uncle Herman; so she found him a single bedroom Apartment; where he found a public Rose Garden, a Convenient Short Stop Store; a Catholic Town House, the U-Save Liquor Store; as well as finally the neighborhood Rose, Park, Garden Terrace Apartment; which he dreamed to retire to. It was to now to be time spent with the indulgence in of Royal Gate Vodka; and the time of smoking Bell Air cigarettes; and a splendid walk through the many splendid colored roses of the waterfall and pond area of a public Oakland Rose Garden. He went to the U-Save Liquor Store; where he was to wish me a rainbows; and wish me good cheer; all to be with the chirp of a Robin; the tweet of a House Finch and the coo of a Morning Dove.

The European City and Green Space

London, Stockholm, Helsinki and St Petersburg, 1850–2000

Author: Peter Clark

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351890352

Category: History

Page: 384

View: 3983

Recent years have seen sustained public debate and controversy over the 'greening' of European cities, associated with the environmental movement, pressures of urban redevelopment, and the promotional strategies of cities competing in a global market. But the European debate over urban green space has a long history dating back to Victorian concerns for the 'green lungs' of the city to combat the health and social problems caused by rapid population and industrial growth. This book explores the multiplicity of green space developments in the modern city - ranging over parks and commons, garden suburbs and the cities in the park, allotment gardens, green belts and national urban parks. It is concerned not only with the different types of green space but the many influences shaping their evolution, from international planning ideas, to the rise of modern-day sport and leisure, and the effects of the transport revolution. No less vital in this story is the interaction of the many actors involved in the often fractious political process of creating green spaces - architects and planners, politicians, developers and other businessmen, NGOs and local residents. This volume is particularly concerned with contexts: how international planning ideas are transmitted and adapted in different European cities; how the construction of green space is affected by local power structures and relationships; and how ordinary people perceive and use green spaces, quite often at variance with official designs. The European City and Green Space looks at these and other issues through the prism of four metropoles - London, Stockholm, Helsinki and St Petersburg. All represent different types of North European city, yet each has experienced distinctive economic, political and cultural trajectories, whilst also facing powerful challenges and problems of similar kinds with regard to green space. This volume examines how each has responded to them and what patterns emerge.

The Light in the Stones

Author: Tiko Campbell

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0595281419

Category: Fiction

Page: 300

View: 3056

The Light in the Stones is an adventure/sci-fi novel, which cauterizes the phases of the soul from its fragmented lives. Memory or the lack there of segregates the whole soul acquired wisdom from one body to the next, and along with their earthly secular missions of unleashing the kept secrets of the hierarchy, these heroic characters develop their pass life knowledge. The modern-day swash-buckler leaps from my own and my daughters reality quickly into a more entertaining intertwining of diverse situations of time same souls at different times and places. Historical souls are recant and sometime fictionalized to blend into a menagerie of spiritual and political parables. The morals being quite evident in a fiery brimstone paraphrasing to its utopian conclusion. Arch and Acer, the elder architect and his twenty-year younger landscape protégé; idealistically venture to the far reaches of their own present universe, to create a better world. They soon find the political climate is as murky on the opposite side of the planet as well, but being romantic the fall in love with Cambodia, and two specific SE Asian ladies, Noung and Thia. Ace is in hiding with his baby, Chi, from a roguish Viet-mom. War alters their reality, and the danger yields gemstones. Far away on the other side of the Globe Archie's film star daughter and mentor acqueiest to the mystical Baron and crew, Ho Ming and Zero. An ancestral housing of these same souls introduces the magic elephant, Phi, who or which allows this allegory to reach into the heavens and back to the earth's ecological concerns.

Green Cities

An A-to-Z Guide

Author: Nevin Cohen

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1412996821

Category: Reference

Page: 547

View: 2869

Via 150 signed articles, Green Cities: An A-to-Z Guide provides an overview of the key concepts that urban planners, policy makers, architects, engineers, and developers use to understand the sustainability dimensions of the urban environment. It identifies cities that have taken steps to become greener and discusses the strategies they have used; it also reviews broad concepts associated with green cities. Cities face enormous environmental challenges, and the entries in this volume, from case studies of greener cities to discussions of green urban design, infrastructure, and processes, can help us transform our cities into healthier, sustainable communities in which a growing urban population can thrive. Vivid photographs, searchable hyperlinks, numerous cross references, an extensive resource guide, and a clear, accessible writing style make the Green Society volumes ideal for classroom use as well as for research.

Cities of the Future

Author: Vladimir Novotny,Paul Brown

Publisher: IWA Publishing

ISBN: 1843391368

Category: Science

Page: 352

View: 2876

This book is developed from and includes the presentations of leading international experts and scholars in the 12-14 July, 2006 Wingspread Workshop. With urban waters as a focal point, this book will explore the links between urban water quality and hydrology, and the broader concepts of green cities and smart growth. It also addresses legal and social barriers to urban ecological sustainability and proposes practical ways to overcome those barriers. Cities of the Future features chapters containing visionary concepts on how to ensure that cities and their water resources become ecologically sustainable and are able to provide clean water for all beneficial uses. The book links North American and Worldwide experience and approaches. The book is primarily a professional reference aimed at a wide interdisciplinary audience, including universities, consultants, environmental advocacy groups and legal environmental professionals.

The Green City

Sustainable Homes, Sustainable Suburbs

Author: Nicholas Low,Brendon Gleeson,Ray Green,Darko Radovic

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136752994

Category: Architecture

Page: 248

View: 544

A team of city-building professionals explain in straightforward terms how the idea of ecological sustainability can be embodied in the everyday life of homes, communities and cities to make a better future.The book considers - and answers - three questions: What does the global agenda of sustainable development mean for the urban spaces where most

Cities and Sustainable Development

Lessons and Experiences from Asia and the Pacific

Author: United Nations. Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

Publisher: United Nations Publications

ISBN: 9789211203677

Category: Political Science

Page: 179

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