Paul Chatterton, Unlocking Sustainable Cities: A Manifesto for Real Change, forthcoming with Pluto this month.
This book is a manifesto for real urban change. Today, our urban areas are held back by corporate greed, loss of public space and rising inequality. This book highlights how cities are locked into unsustainable and damaging practices, and how exciting new routes can be unlocked for real change.
Across the world, city innovators are putting real sustainability into practice – from transforming abandoned public spaces and setting up community co-operatives, to rewilding urban nature and powering up civic energy.
Paul Chatterton explores the power of these city experiments that harness the creative power of the collective, focusing on five themes: compassion, imagination, experimentation, co-production and transformation; and four city systems: mobility, energy, community and nature. Imagining radical alternatives, such as car-free, post-carbon, common and ‘bio-cities’, this is a toolkit for unlocking real urban change.
In this case it is fair to say that theory follows action. Here is a TED presentation where Chatterton talks about the LILAC co-housing community project he helped to develop in West Leeds.