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The concept and practices of the eco-city have gained wide international currency among policy-makers and in the media, and attracted the attention of a growing body of academic commentators. However, for those approaching the subject for the first time, a degree of confusion would be forgivable. Rather than advancing a particular definition of the eco-city, this chapter aims at least to untangle the subject matter by reviewing the different ways in which it might be approached. In so doing, it describes the eco-city’s historical origins and some of its contemporary variety. This is followed by an overview of the key critical perspectives in the academic literature. The chapter then concludes by looking to the future, suggesting that the very cityness of the eco-city may need clearer articulation if it is to realize its potential as an experimental process.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Urban Geography
Place of PublicationCheltenham
Number of pages26
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jun 2019

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NameResearch Handbooks in Geography
PublisherEdward Elgar


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