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Constructing sustainable urban futures: From models to competing pathways

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Simon Guy, Professor Simon Marvin


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This paper begins to build a conceptual framework that acknowledges the multiplicity of pathways towards different sustainable futures that often co-exist within a single city. There are three stages to the argument: the shift from the concept of a singular towards multiple models of what the sustainable city might become; the rejection of the simplistic use of models and the development of competing pathways to sustainable cities; and the recognition that a wide diversity of sustainable urban futures are likely to co-exist within a single city. The analytical framework of social constructivist theory developed here usefully demonstrates the contingent and contextual nature of technological innovation and building design.

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Author(s): Guy S, Marvin S

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal

Year: 2001

Volume: 19

Issue: 2

Pages: 131-139

Print publication date: 01/01/2001

ISSN (print): 1461-5517

ISSN (electronic): 1471-5465

Publisher: Beech Tree Publishing


DOI: 10.3152/147154601781767113


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