Fashioning the sustainable city: how can ecology, social concerns and economic development be reconciled?

At the Rio Summit (1992), ‘sustainable development’ was defined as development that reconciles three areas: economics, social concerns and ecology. This balance—difficult to set up and often captive to environmental concerns alone—is the focus of texts in this section on transition. The very nature of these texts shows how difficult it is to guarantee a balance between climate change, the fulfilment of everyone’s needs and rational use of resources.

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