Green Cities of Europe

Global Lessons on Green Urbanism

  • Timothy Beatley

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Timothy Beatley
    Pages 1-28
  3. Lucie Laurian
    Pages 29-64
  4. Dale Medearis, Wulf Daseking
    Pages 65-82
  5. Maria Jaakkola
    Pages 109-128
  6. Luis Andrés Orive, Rebeca Dios Lema
    Pages 155-180
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 225-234

About this book


In the absence of federal leadership, states and localities are stepping forward to address critical problems like climate change, urban sprawl, and polluted water and air. Making a city fundamentally sustainable is a daunting task, but fortunately, there are dynamic, innovative models outside U.S. borders. Green Cities of Europe draws on the world's best examples of sustainability to show how other cities can become greener and more livable.

Timothy Beatley has brought together leading experts from Paris, Freiburg, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Heidelberg, Venice, Vitoria-Gasteiz, and London to illustrate groundbreaking practices in sustainable urban planning and design. These cities are developing strong urban cores, building pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure, and improving public transit. They are incorporating ecological design and planning concepts, from solar energy to natural drainage and community gardens. And they are changing the way government works, instituting municipal "green audits" and reforming economic incentives to encourage sustainability.

Whatever their specific tactics, these communities prove that a holistic approach is needed to solve environmental problems and make cities sustainable. Beatley and these esteemed contributors offer vital lessons to the domestic planning community about not only what European cities are doing to achieve that vision, but precisely how they are doing it. The result is an indispensable guide to greening American cities.


Biophilic cities Built environment Europe Green urbanism Sustainability

Editors and affiliations

  • Timothy Beatley
    • 1
  1. 1.University of VirginiaUSA

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