Can academics really prescribe how to make an eco-city?

The city has a compact, mixed-use urban form that uses land efficiently and protects the natural environment, biodiversity and food-producing areas; The natural environment permeates the city’s spaces and embraces the city, while the city and its hinterland provide a major proportion of its food needs; Freeway and road infrastructure are de-emphasized in favour of transit, walking and cycling infrastructure, with a special emphasis on rail. Car and motorcycle use are minimized; There is extensive use of environmental technologies for water, energy and waste management – the city’s life support systems become closed loop systems; The central city and sub-centres within the city are human centres that emphasize access and circulation by modes of transport other than the automobile, and absorb a high proportion of employment and residential growth; The city has a high-quality...

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