Introduction: Creating Eco-Cities—From Sustaining to Thriving

  • Dominique Hes
  • Judy Bush


How can eco-cities underpin urban thriving? Starting from the legacy of urban development to date, the chapter critiques current approaches to urban sustainable development. It reviews various definitions of eco-cities and outlines how these could contribute to a shift to ideas of thriving and abundance. Cities are places of potential with the bulk of humanity and its wealth within their boundaries. Cities need to develop in ways that harness this potential, through understanding how innovation, creativity, policy, planning and practice can create irresistible narratives of the future. Capturing people’s hearts and minds will be key to transitioning to a more ecologically responsible and socially just future. This chapter introduces each of the book’s chapters and how they contribute to the ability to achieve this shift.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dominique Hes
    • 1
  • Judy Bush
    • 1
  1. 1.Thrive Research Hub, Faculty of Architecture, Building and PlanningThe University of MelbourneParkvilleAustralia

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