Waking from the Dream: An Australian Perspective on Urban Resilience

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Title Waking from the Dream: An Australian Perspective on Urban Resilience
Author Gleeson, Brendan James
Journal Name Urban Studies: an international journal for research in urban and regional studies
Editor Ronan Paddison (Editor-in-Chief)
Year Published 2008
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications Ltd.
Abstract Climate change and energy insecurity are grave threats to the stability and sustainability of human society. This paper considers the meaning of this globally manifest, yet regionally differentiated, ecological threat for Australia's urban system. It also considers the twin ecological peril of oil depletion, whose impacts may intensify to great effect the social stresses likely to emerge as climates warm. The paper intervenes in the debate that transfixes contemporary Australian urbanism: the sustainability of the suburban form in which most Australians live. A similar if not identical debate exists in North America and parts of western Europe. These discussions may be overemphasising the environmental significance of urban form and failing to apprehend the deeper socio-cultural forces that drive the (over)consumption of nature. Planning thought and practice need to loosen the grip of physical determinism on their environmental comprehension if they are to comprehend accurately the sources of, and solutions to, ecological threat. New urban scientific evidence suggests that planning's principal role in the fight against warming will be one of adaptation not mitigation. That is to say, there is no simple `spatial fix' for overconsumption.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.sagepub.com/home.nav
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0042098008098198
Volume 45
Issue Number 13
Page from 2653
Page to 2668
ISSN 0042-0980
Date Accessioned 2009-02-05
Language en_AU
Faculty Faculty of Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology
Subject Urban Analysis and Development
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/26342
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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