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This introductory chapter describes the objectives and the purposes of this book, giving the reader a general framework for an initial understanding of the proposed model of green planning of cities and communities. In the first part of the chapter, the critical elements that determine the need to radically change the approach to the planning of cities and communities are highlighted. Subsequently, the methodological criteria with which the book handles the theme of green planning are defined. Finally, this chapter examines the structure of the book, defining various parts that constitute it. The book is conceived to form a useful instrument both for learning about and acting on the subject matter.
The realization of this volume, whose purpose is to provide tools and methodologies to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals in city and community planning, would not have been possible without the contribution of many people whom I want to thank.
Firstly, I want to thank my colleagues who, with their research and subsequent publications, have been a source of inspiration for me in the theoretical systematization of the topics covered: among them, the professors Tridib Banerjee of the University of Southern California, Scott D. Campbell of the University of Michigan and Stefano Mancuso of the University of Florence.
I thank the colleagues who have provided written contributions, the professors Daniele Bignami, Elisa Bruni, Paola Caputo, Simone Ferrari, Monica Lavagna, Michela Longo, Roberto Mazzoncini, Claudio Somaschi, Marco Torri and Alessandro Zichi of the Politecnico di Milano and professor Alberto Arenghi of the University of Brescia.
I thank the colleagues with whom I met during the writing of the book, among them professor Marco Caffi, Vice-President of the European Regional Network of World Green Building Council.
I am grateful to Mark Izard who helped me in finding the correct way to express the concepts, but at the same time his help was for me a useful comparison in viewpoints on the technical aspects.
I thank Cristina, the lady of my life, not only for having encouraged and supported me in difficult moments but above all for having contributed, with her intelligence and her pragmatism to a continuous comparison on the topics covered in the book that have citizens as users.
Finally, I express my thanks to the Fondazione Politecnico and Springer Nature for agreeing to include this book in the prestigious series “Research for Development”.
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