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Sustainable Cities

Edited By Mélanie Robertson
ISBN: 9781853397233
The studies, conducted in the growing urban and peri-urban areas of Peru, Senegal, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, the Philippines, Thailand, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, outline concrete strategies for sustainable urban living and design, developed in partnership with low income city dwellers. Published in association with IDRC.
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  • Synopsis
    As urbanization, environmental degradation, and poverty become increasingly urgent problems, understanding the links between sustainability and poverty reduction is imperative. A sustainable urban future for all requires raising the quality of life of the most vulnerable. Existing at the margins of urban life, low-income residents of cities in the global south are subject to numerous environmental burdens and are too often excluded from mainstream development and planning. In the face of these challenges, communities have proven to be remarkably resilient and innovative. This book attempts to show how this potential can be harnessed, by showcasing sustainable solutions developed by the urban poor themselves and present the findings of participatory action research projects funded by IDRC’s ECOPOLIS. The studies, conducted in the growing urban and peri-urban areas of Peru, Senegal, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, the Philippines,Thailand, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, outline concrete strategies for sustainable urban living and design, developed in partnership with low income city dwellers.Published in association with IDRC.
  • Table of Contents
    Introduction
    PART I: PROVIDING SECURE AND LOW-COST HOUSING
    1: Socio-Spatial Interactions and Tensions: Analysis of “Low- Cost” Condominium Housing in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
    2. Housing for the Urban Poor Through Informal Providers in Dhaka City, Bangladesh
    PART II: IMPROVING FOOD AND WATER SECURITY
    3. Nutritious Trees in Urban Areas: An Innovative Poverty Alleviation Strategy in Villa El Salvador, Peru 4. Partnership Alternatives for the Management of Drinking Water in Urban Slums: Case of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
    5. Urban Agriculture in Dakar, Senegal: Health Issues Associated with Polluted Irrigation Water
    PART III: MANAGING SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT
    6. Using Participatory Urban Design for the Integration of Organic Solid Waste Management with Urban Agriculture: A Case Study from the Philippines
    7. Re-think, Re-use: Improving Collective Action
    PART IV: DEVELOPING A PRODUCTIVE ECOSYSTEM THROUGH PARTICIPATORY DESIGN
    8. Healthy, Sustainable, and Culturally Appropriate Living and Working Environments: A Case Study of Pig Breeders in Malika, Senegal Capacity for Solid Waste Management and Income Generation in Thailand
    9. Participatory Transformation of a Women’s Centre in Malika, Senegal: Toward the Development of Productive Ecosystems in Suburban Contexts
    Conclusion
  • Endorsements
    ‘What I found most valuable was the variety of interventions presented and the recognition that empowering local communities is essential for sustainable cities.’ Virginia Maclaren, Chair, Department of Geography and Program in Planning, University of Toronto

    ‘This book is an excellent testimony to the necessary integration of disciplines and actors so as to achieve urban sustainability.’ Oumar Cissé, Director of the Institut Africain de Gestion Urbaine (IAGU), Dakar

    ‘This book presents an original look at one of the biggest challenges of the coming decades.’ Alain Olivier, Professor of International Development, Université Laval, Canada

    ‘By engaging with a diverse number of initiatives in the urban Global South, the book offers great insights into the agency deployed by ordinary women and men in shaping environmentally sustainable urban futures.’ Adriana Allen, Senior Lecturer, Development Planning Unit (DPU), University College, London
  • Details
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    Editor Mélanie Robertson
    Number of Pages 192
    Format Paperback / softback
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