Green cities of Europe can serve as an incomplete catalogue of leading cities in Europe (pioneers to some extent in the case of Freiburg, Vitoria-Gasteiz or Copenhagen, for instance) and their major achievements in terms of promoting sustainable patters in urbanism, a better metabolic approach on energy consumption, the integration of biodiversity actions, clear focus on urban spaces as catalysers of social activity and emotional ownership or robust public transportation systems, among other green urban strategies. The success and sometimes visionary work of these cities has become an inspiration for other cities pursuing innovative actions to commit to sustainable strategies in their policies in what appears to be a proposition for the European Dream for US cities. As such, this directory of seven stories provide readers with practices in different urban policy fields that illustrate how long can decisive local authorities go on their own.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Chapter 1. Introduction: Why Study European Cities?
Chapter 2. Paris, France: A 21st-Century Eco-City
Chapter 3. Freiburg, Germany: Germany’s Eco-Capital
Dale Medearis and Wulf Daseking
Chapter 4. Copenhagen, Denmark: Green City amid the Finger Metropolis
Chapter 5. Helsinki, Finland: Greenness and Urban Form
Chapter 6. Venice, Italy: Balancing Antiquity and Sustainability
Chapter 7. Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain: From Urban Greenbelt to Regional Green Infrastructure
Luis Andrés Orive and Rebeca Dios Lema
Chapter 8. London, England: A Global and Sustainable Capital City
Chapter 9. Conclusion: Green Cities of Europe as Compelling Models