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Making Green Cities

Concepts, Challenges and Practice

  • Jürgen Breuste
  • Martina Artmann
  • Cristian Ioja
  • Salman Qureshi

Part of the Cities and Nature book series (CITIES)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Jürgen Breuste
    Pages 1-15
  3. Martina Artmann, Jürgen Breuste
    Pages 75-176
  4. Cristian Ioja, Salman Qureshi
    Pages 177-287
  5. Cristian Ioja, Jürgen Breuste
    Pages 289-398
  6. Jürgen Breuste, Martina Artmann
    Pages 399-526
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 527-532

About this book


This book shows what role nature can play in a city and how this can make it a better place for people to live. People, planners, designers and politicians are working towards the development of green cities. Some cities are already promoted as green cities, while others are on their way to become one. But their goals are often unclear and can include different facets. 

Presenting contributions from world leading researchers in the field of urban ecology, the editors provide an interdisciplinary overview of best practices and challenges in creating green cities. They show examples of how to build up these cities from bits and pieces to districts and urban extensions. Each example concludes with a summary of the collected knowledge, the learning points and how this can be used in other places. The best practices are collected from around the world – Europe, Australia, America and Asia. The new dynamic urban development of Asia is illustrated by case studies from China and the Indian subcontinent. 

The reader will learn which role nature can play in green cities and what the basic requirements are in terms of culture, pre-existing nature conditions, existing urban surroundings, history, design and planning. 


Green City Urban Green Infrastructure Nature in Cities Eco-cities Urban Green Urban Ecosystem Services Urban Green Planning

Editors and affiliations

  • Jürgen Breuste
    • 1
  • Martina Artmann
    • 2
  • Cristian Ioja
    • 3
  • Salman Qureshi
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Geography and GeologyUniversity of SalzburgSalzburgAustria
  2. 2.Landscape Change and ManagementLeibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional DevelopmentDresdenGermany
  3. 3.Center for Environmental ResearchUniversity of BucharestBucharestRomania
  4. 4.Department of Geography (Landscape Ecology)Humboldt University of BerlinBerlinGermany

About the editors

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Breuste is Head of the Research Group Urban and Landscape Ecology at the University of Salzburg, Austria. He is the President of the Society for Urban Ecology (SURE).

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