Sharing Cities: A Case For Truly Smart And Sustainable Cities

Paperback | February 17, 2017

byDuncan Mclaren, Julian Agyeman

not yet rated|write a review

The future of humanity is urban, and the nature of urban space enables, and necessitates, sharing -- of resources, goods and services, experiences. Yet traditional forms of sharing have been undermined in modern cities by social fragmentation and commercialization of the public realm. In Sharing Cities, Duncan McLaren and Julian Agyeman argue that the intersection of cities' highly networked physical space with new digital technologies and new mediated forms of sharing offers cities the opportunity to connect smart technology to justice, solidarity, and sustainability. McLaren and Agyeman explore the opportunities and risks for sustainability, solidarity, and justice in the changing nature of sharing.

McLaren and Agyeman propose a new "sharing paradigm," which goes beyond the faddish "sharing economy" -- seen in such ventures as Uber and TaskRabbit -- to envision models of sharing that are not always commercial but also communal, encouraging trust and collaboration. Detailed case studies of San Francisco, Seoul, Copenhagen, Medellín, Amsterdam, and Bengaluru (formerly Bangalore) contextualize the authors' discussions of collaborative consumption and production; the shared public realm, both physical and virtual; the design of sharing to enhance equity and justice; and the prospects for scaling up the sharing paradigm though city governance. They show how sharing could shift values and norms, enable civic engagement and political activism, and rebuild a shared urban commons. Their case for sharing and solidarity offers a powerful alternative for urban futures to conventional "race-to-the-bottom" narratives of competition, enclosure, and division.

Pricing and Purchase Info

$31.50

Pre-order online
Ships free on orders over $25

From the Publisher

The future of humanity is urban, and the nature of urban space enables, and necessitates, sharing -- of resources, goods and services, experiences. Yet traditional forms of sharing have been undermined in modern cities by social fragmentation and commercialization of the public realm. In Sharing Cities, Duncan McLaren and Julian Agyem...

Duncan McLaren, former Chief Executive of Friends of the Earth Scotland, is Director of McLaren Environmental Research and Consultancy. Julian Agyeman is Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University. He is the coeditor of Just Sustainabilities: Development in an Unequal World (MIT Press) and other books...

other books by Duncan Mclaren

The Rise and Progress of Whiskey-Drinking in Scotland, and the Working of the 'Public-Houses…
The Rise and Progress of Whiskey-Drinking in Scotland, ...

Kobo ebook|Aug 26 2016

$3.89 online$4.99list price(save 22%)
Looking For Enid: The Mysterious And Inventive Life Of Enid Blyton
Looking For Enid: The Mysterious And Inventive Life Of ...

Kobo ebook|Sep 6 2012

$11.99 online$15.49list price(save 22%)
Russia: A World Apart
Russia: A World Apart

Hardcover|Aug 19 2013

$49.39 online$55.50list price(save 11%)
see all books by Duncan Mclaren
Format:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.88 inPublished:February 17, 2017Publisher:The MIT PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0262533715

ISBN - 13:9780262533713

Look for similar items by category:

Customer Reviews of Sharing Cities: A Case For Truly Smart And Sustainable Cities

Reviews

Extra Content

Editorial Reviews

In  Sharing Cities, environmental consultant Duncan McLaren and urban-policy scholar Julian Agyeman lay out, with impressive depth, clarity and wisdom, a comprehensive prescription for a sharing paradigm..bottom-up ventures that are digital or based in communities, rather than commercial.