The Urban Village: A Charter for Democracy and Local Self-sustainable Development

The Urban Village: A Charter for Democracy and Local Self-sustainable Development


By (author) Alberto Magnaghi, Translated by David Kerr

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  • Publisher: ZED BOOKS LTD
  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 213mm x 13mm | 272g
  • Publication date: 2 December 2005
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1842775812
  • ISBN 13: 9781842775813
  • Illustrations note: Notes Bibliography Index
  • Sales rank: 730,946

Product description

People want a better quality of life now, genuine environmental responsibility, and local control over their own futures. The Urban Village is a seminal intellectual and practical contribution to the construction of such possibilities. It introduces new ideas, like territorial patrimony, and sustainable, local-level autonomous development, describing both the methodological aspects and the visionary, alternative communities which could become possible. Professor Magnaghi sees these as being profoundly democratic, environmentally sustainable, and embodying sufficient local economic strength to resist globalization. Another potential gain would be an increase in social well-being as measured by the quality of life, solidarity, and the development of non-commercial caring relations.

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Author information

Alberto Magnaghi is professor of land use planning at the University of Florence, where he runs a nationwide research programme on the importance of local resources in Italy's various regions. He has published many scholarly books and articles, including his Charter for a New Municipium, presented to the World Social Forum at Porto Alegre in 2002.

Table of contents

Foreword; Introduction; PART 1: THE TERRITORIALIST APPROACH: TOWARDS LOCAL SELF-SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT; 1. The Metropolis Form and Deterritorialisation; 2: Beyond the Metropolis Form; 3. The Territory is not a Beast of Burden; 4. The Territorialist Approach; 5. Local Self-Sustainable Development ; 6. The Agents of Change; 7. The Statute of Places; PART 2: VISIONS OF A STRATEGIC SCENARIO PREMISE ; 8. Concrete Utopia and Strategic Scenarios; 9. Projects for Open Spaces: The Landscape of the New Farmers; 10. Cities of Villages, Cities of Cities, Networks of Cities; 11. The New Municipium; 12. Towards the Construction of Urban Village: From the Hypermarkete to Marketing Networks for Local ; Products; 13. Local Project and the South of the World: From Cooperation to the Development of Fair Trade; 14. The Local Project: Summing up a Political Vision