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Urban Infrastructure In Transition

Author : Timothy Moss
ISBN : 9781134941667
Genre : Political Science
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Achieving sustainable energy and resource use is vital if cities are to thrive or even function in the long term. Focusing on cities in the United Kingdom, Germany and Denmark, this book examines the mounting pressures for changes in the management style of utility services in Europe, pressures that stem from a wide range of sources such as liberalization and privatization of markets, tighter environmental standards, new economic incentives, competing technologies and changing consumption patterns. The authors show how changes in the management of utility services can contribute to achieving greater sustainability in urban regions. Whilst more efficient technology has a part to play, truly significant improvements in quality of life will be delivered only when the flow of material and energy through cities is focused on the goal of sustainability in each local context.

Cities And Low Carbon Transitions

Author : Harriet Bulkeley
ISBN : 9781136883262
Genre : Architecture
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Current societies face unprecedented risks and challenges connected to climate change. Addressing them will require fundamental transformations in the infrastructures that sustain everyday life, such as energy, water, waste and mobility. A transition to a ‘low carbon’ future implies a large scale reorganisation in the way societies produce and use energy. Cities are critical in this transition because they concentrate social and economic activities that produce climate change related emissions. At the same time, cities are increasingly recognised as sources of opportunities for climate change mitigation. Whether, how and why low carbon transitions in urban systems take place in response to climate change will therefore be decisive for the success of global mitigation efforts. As a result, climate change increasingly features as a critical issue in the management of urban infrastructure and in urbanisation policies. Cities and Low Carbon Transitions presents a ground-breaking analysis of the role of cities in low carbon socio-technical transitions. Insights from the fields of urban studies and technological transitions are combined to examine how, why and with what implications cities bring about low carbon transitions. The book outlines the key concepts underpinning theories of socio-technical transition and assesses its potential strengths and limits for understanding the social and technological responses to climate change that are emerging in cities. It draws on a diverse range of examples including world cities, ordinary cities and transition towns, from North America, Europe, South Africa and China, to provide evidence that expectations, aspirations and plans to undertake purposive socio-technical transitions are emerging in different urban contexts. This collection adds to existing literature on cities and energy transitions and introduces critical questions about power and social interests, lock-in and development trajectories, social equity and economic development, and socio-technical change in cities. The book addresses academics, policy makers, practitioners and researchers interested in the development of systemic responses in cities to curb climate change.

Urban Retrofitting For Sustainability

Author : Tim Dixon
ISBN : 9781317911937
Genre : Architecture
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With a foreword from Paul King, Chief Executive, UK Green Building Council and Chairman, Zero Carbon Hub As concerns over climate change and resource constraints grow, many cities across the world are trying to achieve a low carbon transition. Although new zero carbon buildings are an important part of the story, in existing cities the transformation of the current building stock and urban infrastructure must inevitably form the main focus for transitioning to a low carbon and sustainable future by 2050. Urban Retrofitting for Sustainability brings together interdisciplinary research contributions from leading international experts to focus on key issues such as systems innovation, financing tools, governance, energy, and water management. The chapters consider not only the knowledge and technical tools available, but looks forward to how they can be implemented in real cities by 2050.

Cities In Transition

Author : World Bank. Infrastructure Group. Urban Development
ISBN : UOM:39015050320848
Genre : Political Science
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Annotation At the threshold of the 21st century cities and towns form the front line in the development campaign. Within a generation the majority of the developing world's population will live in urban areas and the number of urban residents in developing countries will increase by 2.5 billion--the current urban population of the entire world. Within a generation, the developing world will be predominantly urban. The scale of this urbanization is unprecedented and offers significant opportunities for countries to improve the quality of life for their citizens. The growth of cities and towns creates opportunity for all citizens and the urban built environment can enrich an entire nation's cultural identity. Cities in Transition discusses some key issues, such as the need for a new urban strategy for the World Bank, pursuing a vision of sustainable cities, a renewed World Bank strategy for urban and local assistance, and requirements for implementing the new strategy. The book discusses how local governments in partnership with other public agencies, the private sector, and the residents can ensure the delivery and financing of essential services and promote the welfare and productivity of the urban society. An important resource for urban planners, policymakers, and those working within the international development community.

Shaping Urban Infrastructures

Author : Simon Guy
ISBN : 9781136539497
Genre : Political Science
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Cities can only exist because of the highly developed systems which underlie them, ensuring that energy, clean water, etc. are moved efficiently from producer to user, and that waste is removed. The urgent need to make the way that these services are provided more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable means that these systems are in a state of transition; from centralized to decentralized energy; from passive to smart infrastructure; from toll-free to road pricing. Such transitions are widely studied in the context of the influence of service providers, users, and regulators. Until now, however, relatively little attention has been given to the growing role of intermediaries in these systems. These consist of institutions and organizations acting in-between production and consumption, for example; NGOs who develop green energy labelling schemes in collaboration with producers and regulators to guide the user; consultants who advise businesses on how to save resources; and travel agents who match users with providers. Such intermediaries are in a position to shape the direction that technological transitions take, and ultimately the sustainability of urban networks. This book presents the first authoritative collection of research and analysis of the intermediaries that underpin the transitions that are taking place within urban infrastructures, showing how intermediaries emerge, the role that they play in key sectors - including energy, water, waste and building - and what impact they have on the governance of urban socio-technical networks.

Canadian Cities In Transition

Author : Trudi E. Bunting
ISBN : UOM:39015064917225
Genre : Social Science
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Focussing specifically on the Canadian city, this text brings together specially commissioned articles to provide a detailed overview of recent trends affecting Canadian cities, and future policy implications these trends will have on them.

Transitions

Author : Peter W Newton
ISBN : 9780643099739
Genre : Technology & Engineering
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Formidable challenges confront Australia and its human settlements: the mega-metro regions, major and provincial cities, coastal, rural and remote towns. The key drivers of change and major urban vulnerabilities have been identified and principal among them are resource-constraints, such as oil, water, food, skilled labour and materials, and carbon-constraints, linked to climate change and a need to transition to renewable energy, both of which will strongly shape urban development this century. Transitions identifies 21st century challenges to the resilience of Australia’s cities and regions that flow from a range of global and local influences, and offers a portfolio of solutions to these critical problems and vulnerabilities. The solutions will require fundamental transitions in many instances: to our urban infrastructures, to our institutions and how they plan for the future, and perhaps most of all to ourselves in terms of our lifestyles and consumption patterns. With contributions from 92 researchers - all leaders in their respective fields - this book offers the expertise to chart pathways for a sustainability transition.

Built Environment

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ISBN : UCSD:31822032323016
Genre : Architecture
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Handbook On Sustainability Transition And Sustainable Peace

Author : Hans Günter Brauch
ISBN : 9783319438849
Genre : Political Science
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In this book 60 authors from many disciplines and from 18 countries on five continents examine in ten parts: Moving towards Sustainability Transition; Aiming at Sustainable Peace; Meeting Challenges of the 21st Century: Demographic Imbalances, Temperature Rise and the Climate–Conflict Nexus; Initiating Research on Global Environmental Change, Limits to Growth, Decoupling of Growth and Resource Needs; Developing Theoretical Approaches on Sustainability and Transitions; Analysing National Debates on Sustainability in North America; Preparing Transitions towards a Sustainable Economy and Society, Production and Consumption and Urbanization; Examining Sustainability Transitions in the Water, Food and Health Sectors from Latin American and European Perspectives; Preparing Sustainability Transitions in the Energy Sector; and Relying on Transnational, International, Regional and National Governance for Strategies and Policies Towards Sustainability Transition. This book is based on workshops held in Mexico (2012) and in the US (2013), on a winter school at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand (2013), and on commissioned chapters. The workshop in Mexico and the publication were supported by two grants by the German Foundation for Peace Research (DSF). All texts in this book were peer-reviewed by scholars from all parts of the world.

Apartheid City In Transition

Author : Mark Swilling
ISBN : UOM:39015025192637
Genre : Apartheid
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South Africa's urban population is set to double by the year 2010. This critical analysis of apartheid's legacy to the cities proposes a number of strategies that might prevent the transition to a multiracial society from ending in disaster.

Beyond The Networked City

Author : Olivier Coutard
ISBN : 9781317633709
Genre : Science
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Cities around the world are undergoing profound changes. In this global era, we live in a world of rising knowledge economies, digital technologies, and awareness of environmental issues. The so-called "modern infrastructural ideal" of spatially and socially ubiquitous centrally-governed infrastructures providing exclusive, homogeneous services over extensive areas, has been the standard of reference for the provision of basic essential services, such as water and energy supply. This book argues that, after decades of undisputed domination, this ideal is being increasingly questioned and that the network ideology that supports it may be waning. In order to begin exploring the highly diverse, fluid and unstable landscapes emerging beyond the networked city, this book identifies dynamics through which a ‘break’ with previous configurations has been operated, and new brittle zones of socio-technical controversy through which urban infrastructure (and its wider meaning) are being negotiated and fought over. It uncovers, across a diverse set of urban contexts, new ways in which processes of urbanization and infrastructure production are being combined with crucial sociopolitical implications: through shifting political economies of infrastructure which rework resource distribution and value creation; through new infrastructural spaces and territorialities which rebundle socio-technical systems for particular interests and claims; and through changing offsets between individual and collective appropriation, experience and mobilization of infrastructure. With contributions from leading authorities in the field and drawing on theoretical advances and original empirical material, this book is a major contribution to an ongoing infrastructural turn in urban studies, and will be of interest to all those concerned by the diverse forms and contested outcomes of contemporary urban change across North and South.

Infrastructures Of Consumption

Author : Bas van Vliet
ISBN : UCSC:32106018121811
Genre : Business & Economics
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* Shows how utilities are being restructured for resource efficiency, to improve environmental performance and for cost savings through consumer, or 'demand side', drivers * Includes coverage of energy, water and waste utilities, providing core information for industry, researchers, students and consumer groups * Draws on case studies from the UK and The Netherlands as examples of the ongoing worldwide environmental transformation of utilities For many years a uniform and uncontested picture of utility system organization has endured across Europe. Provider and consumer roles have been largely taken for granted, and consumers have had little choice but to use the infrastructure of the only network provider available. Yet recent transformations have challenged this model. This book examines the ongoing environmental restructuring of consumption and provision in energy, water and waste systems. In accounting for the distinctive environmental qualities, technical features and institutional dynamics of utility systems this book challenges contemporary conceptualizations of consumers as the autonomous drivers of environmental change. Instead, utilities and users are positioned as the 'co-managers' of utility systems, and processes of environmental innovation are seen to depend on creating contexts for the systemic restructuring of demand.

Global Visions And Urban Infrastructure

Author : Jonathan Ian Mason
ISBN : UCAL:C3483941
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The Rural Urban Transition And Development In China

Author : University of British Columbia. Centre for Human Settlements
ISBN : STANFORD:36105028567258
Genre : Cities and towns
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Presents selected papers from a conference whose main focus was on China's rapidly developing urban regions. Topics of the papers include the patterns of mega-urban development in Asia, residential relocation in the course of renovation in Shanghai, spatial transformation in the Pearl River Delta, land use changes in the urban periphery of Beijing, rural-urban transition and the planning and governance of mega-urban regions in China, rural-urban change through growth management in Metropolitan Vancouver, and human settlement aspects of managing growth and land use in British Columbia.

The Urban Transition

Author : Sanjeev Shrivastav
ISBN : UOM:39015050564544
Genre : Bareilly (India)
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Economic and sociological study of a town in Uttar Pradesh.

China S Urban Transition

Author : John Friedmann
ISBN : 9780816646159
Genre : Social Science
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A timely and thorough analysis of the rapid urban growth in China.

Dimensions Of Urban Poverty In The Europe And Central Asia Region

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ISBN : UCSD:31822030093199
Genre : Urban poor
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"The objective of this study is to contribute to a better understanding of the extent and nature of poverty in urban areas in transition countries in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, providing particular attention to the disparities within urban areas between capital cities and secondary cities, and focusing on dimensions of poverty related to provision of network infrastructure and energy services in cities. Household surveys carried out in 1998-2003 in 20 countries provided the data for the study. The study found substantial differences in urban areas between the capital and secondary cities, with households in secondary cities being worse off. In addition, secondary cities often had poverty indicators equivalent to, or worse than, those of rural areas, including in terms of access and quality (reliability) of infrastructure. The study confirmed that many households, especially in secondary cities, are "infrastructure-poor" because of unreliable and deteriorated services and that these households are hidden in studies that do not examine actual quality. Finally, the study found that income and infrastructure inequality are generally higher in urban areas, although inequality in secondary cities often was greater than that in the capitals. "--World Bank web site.

A Continent In Transition

Author : Kevin M. Cleaver
ISBN : IND:30000051180390
Genre : Africa, Sub-Saharan
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Post Socialist Urban Infrastructures

Author : Tauri Tuvikene
ISBN : 9781351190336
Genre : Architecture
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Post-Socialist Urban Infrastructures critically elaborates on often forgotten, but some of the most essential, aspects of contemporary urban life, namely infrastructures, and links them to a discussion of post-socialist transformation. As the skeletons of cities, infrastructures capture the ways in which urban environments are assembled and urban lives unfold. Focusing on post-socialist cities, marked by neoliberalisation, polarisation and hybridity, this book offers new and enriching perspectives on urban infrastructures by centering on the often marginalised aspects of urban research—transport, green spaces, and water and heating provision. Featuring cases from West and East alike, the book covers examples from Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, Germany, Russia, Georgia, Lithuania, Poland, the Czech Republic, Tajikistan, and India. It provides original insights into the infrastructural back end of post-socialist cities for scholars, planners and activists interested in urban geography, cultural and social anthropology, and urban studies.

The Urban Transition

Author : John Friedmann
ISBN : STANFORD:36105036232523
Genre : Cities and towns
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