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Author Cooper, Liam.

Title Urban eco-communities in Australia : real utopian responses to the ecological crisis or niche markets? / Liam Cooper, Hans A. Baer.

Published Singapore : Springer, [2019]


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Physical description 1 online resource.
Series Springer Social Sciences 2019 English+International
Contents Introduction -- Building the future: assaying ecotopia in the age of climate change -- Interstices of sustainable community -- Chasing ecopolis : positioning the city as an engine for survival -- Christie walk: an urban eco-community in an increasingly hot city -- WestWyck EcoVillage: an urban eco-community in the world's putatively most liveable city -- Seeking to enact real ecotopia in the city : ontological and ecological characteristics and contradictions -- Prefiguring ecopolis: ecotopian cities or niche markets? -- Conclusion : ecotopia in the context of a radical vision.
Summary This book offers one of the first detailed anthropological studies of emergent ecotopianism in urban contexts. Engaging directly with debates on urbanisation, sustainability and utopia, it presents two detailed ethnographic case studies of inner urban Australian eco-communities in Adelaide and Melbourne. These novel responses to the ecological crisis - real social laboratories that attempt to manifest a vision of the 'eco-city' in microcosm - offer substantial new insights into the concept and creation of sustainable urban communities, their attempts to cultivate ways of living that are socially and ecologically nourishing, and their often fraught relationship to the capitalist city beyond. These studies also suggest the opportunities and limitations of moving beyond demonstration projects towards wider urban transformation, as well as exposing the problems of accessibility and affordability that thwart further urban eco-interventions and the ways that existing projects can exacerbate issues of gentrification and privilege in a socially polarised city. Amidst the challenges of the capitalist city, climate change and ecological crisis, this book offers vital lessons on the potential of urban sustainability in future cities.
Other author Baer, Hans A., 1944-
SpringerLink issuing body.
Subject Community development, Urban -- Australia -- Planning.
Sustainable buildings -- Australia -- Design and construction.
Electronic books.
ISBN 9789811311680 (electronic bk.)
9811311684 (electronic bk.)