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European and Asian Sustainable Towns

New Towns and Satellite Cities in their Metropolises

Edited By 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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Johannes Hahn

Member of the European Commission in charge of Regional Policy February 2010 – February 2014



We all know the importance of cities in Europe and in the rest of the world. Given the right conditions, cities are where most innovation takes place, where the economy grows, where jobs are created, where we can best fight climate change, where scarce resources can be used with greatest efficiency. Cities are where the opportunities lie for a more sustainable future. Without them we will not reach our European goals in terms of smart sustainable and inclusive growth. This goes for all cities, in Europe as in Asia.

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