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European and Asian Sustainable Towns

New Towns and Satellite Cities in their Metropolises

Pascaline Gaborit

In the face of growing needs and problems around urbanization, the sustainable development of cities does not lie only in technology, research and innovation. Sustainable local development also results from a combination of different elements related to the development of social cohesion, the local economy, the environment and culture; also, crucially, it depends on the autonomy of local authorities and the adoption of the most appropriate system of governance. In addition, the urgent need to create better and more liveable cities is now inextricably linked with the integration of environmental principles, in order to prevent the waste of resources and mitigate climate change by restricting CO2 emissions. Within this framework, new strategies have been implemented for the development of ‘New Towns’ or satellite cities.
This publication gathers together contributions from different experts involved in the EAST (Euro Asia Sustainable Towns) project. The contributors originate from India, China, Switzerland, Germany, the Netherlands, the United States and France, and come from a variety of different backgrounds, including academic researchers, urban planners, architects, political scientists and practitioners.
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Pascaline Gaborit has more than ten years of experience working with European local authorities as Director of the ENTP (European New Towns and Pilot Cities Platform : She is coordinating exchanges, events and panel of experts and occasionally giving lectures at university. She is also managing EU co-financed projects and conducting some research on European New Towns and Pilot Cities Platform : the different policies, actions and roles of local authorities. Recent projects include cooperation with Chinese and Indian new towns (EAST project), with Southern Mediterranean New Towns (New Medina), projects on Culture and development (AWARD) and migrants’ inclusion (Labour Plus). She speaks several languages and participated as expert/consultant to different programs or reports. She completed a PhD in Political Science and she is the author of different books, articles and conference papers: among others New Towns: Future, Identities and Perspectives (2010) and New Medinas: Towards Sustainable New Towns (2012), both published by PIE Peter Lang, Brussels.

Harry den Hartog is an independent urban designer and critic. Since the late 1990s he regularly visited Asia, especially China, and since 2008 he is based in Shanghai, the heart of the Yangtze Delta Region. With “Urban Language” founded in 2004 he gives advices regarding urban design and architecture issues. Besides he regularly publishes critics and essays for various local and international magazines, he coaches design workshops and gives occasionally lectures at various institutes and universities in Europe and Asia. Since mid-2012 he...

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