Low Carbon Cities: Transforming Urban Systems

Steffen Lehmann (Editor), Tim Beatley, Herbert Girardet, Robert Girardet

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Low Carbon Cities is a book for practitioners, students and scholars in architecture, urban planning and design. It features essays on ecologically sustainable cities by leading exponents of urban sustainability, case studies of the new directions low carbon cities might take and investigations of how we can mitigate urban heat stress in our cities’ microclimates. The book explores the underlying dimensions of how existing cities can be transformed into low carbon urban systems and describes the design of low carbon cities in theory and practice. It considers the connections between low carbon cities and sustainable design, social and individual values, public space, housing affordability, public transport and urban microclimates. Given the rapid urbanisation underway globally, and the need for all our cities to operate more sustainably, we need to think about how spatial planning and design can help transform urban systems to create low carbon cities, and this book provides key insights.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationOxfordshire, UK
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages440
ISBN (Print)978-0-415-72983-3
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2014


  • architecture
  • carbon cities


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