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Constructing sustainable futures: from models to competing pathways

Guy, S and Marvin, S 2007, 'Constructing sustainable futures: from models to competing pathways' , in: Sustainable urban development volume 2: the environmental assessment methods. , Sustainable urban development series , Routledge.

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Abstract

This paper begins to build a conceptual framework that acknowledges the multiplicity of pathways towards different sustainable futures that often co-exist within a single city. There are three stages to the argument: the shift from the concept of a singular towards multiple models of what the sustainable city might become; the rejection of the simplistic use of models and the development of competing pathways to sustainable cities; and the recognition that a wide diversity of sustainable urban futures are likely to co-exist within a single city. The analytical framework of social constructivist theory developed here usefully demonstrates the contingent and contextual nature of technological innovation and building design.

Item Type: Book Section
Editors: Deakin, M, Mitchell, G, Nijkamp, P and Vreeker, R
Themes: Built and Human Environment
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology
Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment
Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures (SURF)
Publisher: Routledge
Refereed: Yes
Series Name: Sustainable urban development series
ISBN: 9780203417034
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Depositing User: Institutional Repository
Date Deposited: 08 Jul 2011 11:54
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 18:00
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/16612

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