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Rethinking Global Land Use in an Urban Era$
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Karen C. Seto and Anette Reenberg

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780262026901

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262026901.001.0001

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Reconceptualizing Land for Sustainable Urbanity

Reconceptualizing Land for Sustainable Urbanity

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(p.313) 16 Reconceptualizing Land for Sustainable Urbanity
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Rethinking Global Land Use in an Urban Era
Author(s):

Christopher G. Boone

Charles L. Redman

Hilda Blanco

Dagmar Haase

Jennifer Koch

Shuaib Lwasa

Harini Nagendra

Stephan Pauleit

Steward T. A. Pickett

Karen C. Seto

Makoto Yokohari

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262026901.003.0016

Current systems to classify land are insufficient, as is the delineation of Earth's surface into discrete categories of land covers and uses, because they ignore the multiple functions that land provides and the movement of people, materials, information, and energy they facilitate. To address sustainability challenges related to urban lifestyles, livelihoods, connectivity, and places, new conceptualizations are needed which have the potential to acknowledge and redefine the extent, intensity, and quality of urban-ness on Earth. This chapter proposes a framework which focuses on people and institutions as agents of change and examines changes in urban lifestyles and livelihoods over larger regions, regardless of whether an area is delineated as “urban” or “rural.” It views urbanization and the urban era to be an integrated system and provides a multivariable approach to urbanity. It discusses a new land ethic and highlights challenges that exist to facilitate a sustainability transition. Published in the Strungmann Forum Reports Series.

Keywords:   urban lifestyles, urbanization, sustainable urbanity, land ethics, sustainability transition

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