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City Systems City Systems Christopher Chase-DunnAnd Andrew Jorgenson Institute for Research on World-SystemsUniversity of California, Riverside Riverside, CA 92521 City lights from satellite photographs. A shorter version of this article will appear in the Encyclopedia of Population, Geoffrey McNicoll and Paul Demeny (eds.) Macmillan, Forthcoming. This is available at

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Many Western cities face marked changes that are associated with post-industrialisation of the urban environment. In this article, four political perspectives on the threats and opportunities associated with post-industrialisation are discussed: liberal productivism; communitarianism; institutional perfectionism and participative democracy. In cultural terms these four approaches appear to be remarkably biased. As such, they are unlikely to match the complicated, confusing and unpredictable processes that are taking place in Western cities. The complexities of post-industrialisation demand cultural variety in the public domain. The post-industrialising city: political perspectives and cultur The post-industrialising city: political perspectives and cultur
writes : In the United States, there's a phenomenon of "fat cities" and "thin cities" - cities and regions where obesity is prominent, and those where it's rare. While some cities may be "fat" due to climate, culture or poverty, or "thin" because of a dense, walkable environment, it seems like some "thin cities" are self-selecting for a fit population. Cyburbia - urban planning community Cyburbia - urban planning community
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John T. Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies - Demonstration Home > Demonstration Touring the Center The Lyle Center is designed to demonstrate the integration of sustainable systems that meet the needs of any community. Thousands of people tour the Center annually, learning about energy-efficient building design, energy production, food, water and waste systems, ecological restoration and sustainable community processes. Individuals and small groups are welcome to visit the Center during business hours and informally explore the property. A self-guided tour is available in the Center's main office. John T. Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies - Demonstration
Free Online Course Materials | Urban Studies and Planning | MIT OpenCourseWare Cross-section of a proposed urban village with rooftop agriculture and transit oriented development. (Illustration courtesy of Beijing Urban Design Studio.) The Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP) is a department within the School of Architecture and Planning at MIT. It is comprised of four specialization areas (also referred to as Program Groups): City Design and Development; Environmental Policy and Planning; Housing, Community and Economic Development; and the International Development Group. There are also three cross-cutting areas of study: Transportation Planning and Policy, Urban Information Systems (UIS) and Regional Planning. Since its inception in 1933, the Department of Urban Studies and Planning has consistently remained one of the top planning schools in the country. Free Online Course Materials | Urban Studies and Planning | MIT OpenCourseWare
PROUD - Promoting Urban Sustainable Development in Local Authorities The importance of promoting and cultivating environmental awareness and consciousness is increasing year after year. The number of environmental problems is increasing, especially in the urban areas, resulting to significant implications on the human health, impacts on the wider environment and climate change, as well as the quality of life and the economic performance of the cities themselves. Around 80% of the European Union’s population lives in cities and towns. Urban areas are, therefore, the places where environmental problems most affect the quality of life of European citizens. This project aims at promoting the concept and practice of urban sustainable development through training of local authorities officers and policy makers of the new member states on basic environmental issues, thus, encouraging them to get involved and create their own action plans. PROUD - Promoting Urban Sustainable Development in Local Authorities
About EUKN The key objective of EUKN is to enhance the exchange of knowledge and expertise on urban development throughout Europe, bridging urban policy, research and practice. About EUKN EUKN is characterised by a demand-driven approach, based on the needs of urban practitioners and policymakers. EUKN has developed an extensive, high-quality knowledge database, based on shared standards and protocols. This extensive e-library provides free access to case studies, research results, policy documents, context issues, network descriptions, updated news and meetings. About EUKN
Introduction to Urban Planning: Books, Pamphlets, and Tweets On Aug 4, 2010, at 4:20 PM, Professor Johanna W. Looye posted this message to the Planet (academic urban planning) listserv (which for some good reason you must be a member of to reach the archives): I hope this is a good summertime discussion question…. I had an inquiry from an incoming student on what […] Cars, Parking and Planetizen: A Mess of Externalities urban planning research urban planning research
TU Delft - Corporations and Cities Corporations and Cities is an initiative of the Faculty of Architecture at the Delft University of Technology. It consists of a research, education and conference program that focuses on the relation between urban planning and the accommodation of large scale organizations. These include corporate headquarters, governmental institutions and educational facilities. Corporations and Cities brings together international professionals, policy makers, researchers and scholars in the fields of corporate accommodation, real estate, organizational management, urban planning, architecture and other disciplines related to the built environment. TU Delft - Corporations and Cities
Our research on cities and communities cuts across several Urban Institute specialties—housing trends, crime prevention, economic development, arts and culture, and more. Our urban studies define much of our history, from evaluations of community development corporations in poor neighborhoods to road-tested ideas for rebuilding New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, to more recent projects helping policymakers monitor communities' progress. We also work closely with local groups to grasp and address the Washington, D.C., area's challenges. Read more. Featured Links Cities and Neighborhoods Cities and Neighborhoods