We present some pioneering projects discussed in the Sustainability section of TPJ.
Robert J. Koester’s book review entitled “From Eco-Cities to Sustainable City-Regions: China’s Uncertain Quest for an Ecological Civilization,” reveals that the authors of the compelling text with the same title, Ernest J. Yanarella and Richard S. Levine, describe China’s party-state initiative to build more than 285 eco-cities across the country. Koester continues to explain that Yanarella and Levine do so by “adopting metaphoric imaging of the ‘City-as-a-Hill’; to be used as a basis for creating Sustainable Urban Implantations.”
Finally, we share additional newly-published information about China’s ambitious sustainability and technology goals that are described in China’s Next Act (2022).
In “From Eco-Cities to Sustainable City-Regions: China’s Uncertain Quest for an Ecological Civilization,” the book review author Robert J. Koester explains that Ernest J. Yanarella and Richard S. Levine have written an exceptional book that
“brings a bold new vision to urban architectural design as an opportunity for informed collective activism over time. Such awareness could lead to an understanding that can establish the ability to achieve highly integrative systemic performance at the scale of the City-as-a-Hill and its surrounding rural partner-land. In so doing, this encompassing vision clarifies the concepts and language of design-for-sustainability as a community and regional mission.”
The text’s beautiful illustrations captivate the reader while strongly supporting the authors’ particularly useful interdisciplinary research. Koester, a Professor of Architecture at Ball State University, aptly references the co-author’s previous book, The City as Fulcrum of Global Sustainability (2011), as one that also envisions ways in which we can build eco-city regions.
From Eco-Cities to Sustainable City-Regions: China’s Uncertain Quest for an Ecological Civilization
Edward Elgar Publishing
November 30, 2021
6.22 x 0.63 x 9.29
The City as Fulcrum of Global Sustainability
September 1, 2011
6.02 x 1.5 x 9 in.
The author, Scott M. Moore of China’s Next Act: How Sustainability and Technology are Reshaping China's Rise and the World's Future (2022), looks at China’s connection with countries around the world as they relate to artificial intelligence, biotechnology, climate change, public health, and sustainability. Topics such as China’s commitment to decarbonization and data privacy are also considered. This publication and THE PLAN Journal’s Spring 2022 Open Issue are informative and must-reads for anyone interested in understanding how we might deal with the palpable problems of our time!
Oxford University Press
July 29, 2022
9.37 x 0.97 x 6.35 in.
To learn more, check out: China’s Next Act: How Sustainability and Technology are Reshaping China's Rise and the World's Future
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