The SAGE Key Concepts series provides students with accessible and authoritative knowledge of the essential topics in a variety of disciplines. Cross-referenced throughout, the format encourages critical evaluation through understanding.

Written by experienced and respected academics, the books are indispensable study aids and guides to comprehension.

Key Concepts in Urban Studies:

Clearly and concisely explains the basic ideas in the interdisciplinary field of urban studies; Offers concise discussions of concepts ranging from community, neighbourhood, and the city to globalization, the New Urbanism, feminine space, and urban problems; Constitutes a re-examination of the key ideas in the field; Is illustrated throughout with international examples; Provides an essential reference guide for all students and teachers across the urban disciplines within sociology, political science, planning and geography.

Sustainable Urbanization

Sustainable urbanization

According to this concept, social and economic urban development is to be pursued in conjunction with the protection and preservation of the earth's resources for current and future generations; natural resources and the capacity of natural systems to respond and adjust to human-made changes is limited and must be acknowledged in growth plans.

Another term for this is ‘livable cities’. One of the key issues from the sustainability perspective when applied to cities is to reduce the environmental impact of all urban activities to a minimum. This means that waste disposal and resource needs be minimized to the local area. This is called the ecological footprint. Other aspects of sustainability refer to social costs and economic choices within a given area, but the movement began with intense concern for the way our present pattern ...

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