Since its publication in 2004, Cities People Planet has established itself as the classic book on urbanisation. With this new edition, the fast–moving text and ninety case studies of leading–edge city initiatives the world over, have been supplemented by a new chapter that looks at how cities are constructively tackling climate change as the changes to both the biosphere and the atmosphere have become undisputed and as the depletion of natural resources are becoming a major constraint. Girardet discusses the work that has been done in established cities such as Heidelberg in Germany, Adelaide in Australia and Working in the UK, as well as the pioneering efforts that are being undertake in eco–cities such as Dongtan, near Shanghai, Where an entire metropolis is being built from scratch for half a million inhabitants.
′Praise for 1st edition of cities People Planet: ′Timely textbook′ – Ecologist, March 2005
′This book is as good a place as any to start [on the topic sustainability]′ – RIBA Journal, March 2005
Chapter 1. Big Feet, Small Plant.
Chapter 2. In the Beginning.
Chapter 3. From Rome to Edo.
Chapter 4. Technology–Triumph and Tragedy.
Chapter 5. Globalisation and Megacity Growth.
Chapter 6. Cities as Eco–Technical Systems.
Chapter7. Transport and the City.
Chapter 8. Creating Liveable Cities.
Chapter 9. Solar Cities–From Theory to Practice.
Chapter 10. Towards Zero Waste.
Chapter 11. Using Water Efficiently.
Chapter 12. Relearning Urban Agriculture.
Chapter 13. Building EcoPolis.
Chapter 14. Cities in the Age of Climate Change.
"[Girardet] has produced a readable history of the development of cities, has described his conclusions and offered his solutions. He is exceptionally well read and his references are mostly other books, rather than articles." (International Journal of Ambient Energy, April 2009)
"This book deals with some of the hottest topics of our day by an author with obvious authority on the subject." (Cities, People, Planet (UK))