Contemporary Meanings of the ‘Sustainable City’
What is it about?
This paper analyzes the repertoire of the ‘sustainable city’ by conducting a comparative review of the French and English-language literature. Statistical and lexical analyses evidence four main variants of ‘sustainable city’ discourses, subject to debate: ‘green city’, ‘city of short distances’, ‘just city’ and ‘participatory city’.
Why is it important?
There are four main findings: first, there is no single model of the ‘sustainable city’; second, the different approaches are not mutually exclusive, be it conceptually, institutionally, practically or geographically; third, the ‘sustainable city’ appears as a genuinely political repertoire: a wide range of actors and institutions act as filters, promoters or detractors; fourth, these situated uses are not fixed but constantly changing, both in terms of contents and procedures.
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