Recasting urban sustainability in the south

  • Pieterse E
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Edgar Pieterse offers a critique of the mainstream Brundtland inspired conception of sustainable cities. His alternative conceptual approach presents the critical dimensions of an alternative urban development framework. He looks at how three co-constitutive urban operating systems – infrastructural, economic and spatial – need to be transformed in order to achieve more sustainable lives and livelihoods. He argues that such transformations depend on grounded alternative visions and effective politics.

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  • asymmetrical power
  • political sustainability
  • sustainable cities
  • urban operating systems

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