Presenting diverse case studies of contemporary sustainable urban practice from Europe, Africa, India, South America, the USA and Australia, this book offers the reader a fantastic wealth of practical material from a range of internationally renowned authors.

Each practical case study has addressed issues and then offered solutions to implement sustainable cities across a range of urban scales and cultures. Urgent design challenges explored include population density, recreating infrastructure that supports carbon neutral or low carbon (emission) intensive urban activities, and retrofitting for sustainability.

Highly illustrated, thematically focused and with superb global coverage, this book presents a multi-voiced and yet highly cohesive reference for anyone interested in green issues in urban design and architecture.

chapter 1|4 pages

The EcoEdge

part I|56 pages

Urban Design and a Sustainable City

chapter 2|5 pages


chapter 3|8 pages

Air in the City

The Place of Work

chapter 4|10 pages

Assassination in the Sustainable City

The Netherlands and Beyond

chapter 6|11 pages

Sustainability for Survival

Moving the United Kingdom beyond the Zero Carbon Agenda

chapter 7|11 pages

Chaos and Resilience

The Johannesburg Experience

part II|54 pages

Infrastructure and a Sustainable City

chapter 8|7 pages


chapter 9|11 pages

Sustainable Drinking Water and Sanitation

Two Indian Cases

chapter 10|9 pages

Sustainable Savannah

chapter 11|13 pages


Small Steps towards Urbanism as a Living System

chapter 12|12 pages

The Green Edge

China between Hope and Hazard

part III|76 pages

Architecture and a Sustainable City

chapter 13|4 pages


chapter 14|12 pages

A Landscape Framework for Urban Sustainability

Thu Thiem, Ho Chi Minh City

chapter 15|15 pages

Networks Cities in China

Sustaining Culture, Economics and the Environment

chapter 16|10 pages

The Responsive City

London South Bank Experiences

chapter 17|13 pages

Small-scale Sustainability

Parasite Las Palmas and Beyond

chapter 18|13 pages

Sustainable Subtropical City

An Architecture of Timber-framed Landscapes

chapter 19|7 pages

Beyond the EcoEdge