Handbook of Urban Geography
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Handbook of Urban Geography

Edited by Tim Schwanen and Ronald van Kempen

This collection brings together the latest thinking in urban geography. It provides a comprehensive overview of topical issues and draws on experiences from across the world. Chapters have been prepared by leading researchers in the field and cover themes as diverse as urban economies, inequalities and diversity, conflicts and politics, ecology and sustainability, and information technologies. The Handbook offers a valuable resource for students and researchers interested in cities and the urban in geography and across the wider social sciences.
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Chapter 29: Eco-cities

Robert Cowley


Although the concept of the eco-city has passed into mainstream policy-making and urban planning internationally, it has no agreed definition, either as a set of normative principles or practical developmental goals. This chapter therefore introduces the subject matter by acknowledging its multiplicity. First, it reviews the merits of a series of different definitional approaches: the eco-city as promotional label; as a certain type of megaproject; as a broader analytical category; as a set of normative principles; as a provocative oxymoron; and as an experimental process. It then outlines some of the key critical perspectives that have been developed on eco-city development in practice. Despite these criticisms, the chapter concludes by inviting optimism about the potential for the eco-city, as a variegated process of experimentation and reflection, to provide clues about the nature of ‘cityness’ and the role of citizens in a more sustainable future.

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