Peter's new book published - a TOD Manual for Low Carbon Cities in China
Peter's new book "Transit Oriented Development in China - a Manual of Land-use and Transportation for Low Carbon Cities" , co-authored with Baojun Yang and Quan Zhang was published by China Architecture and Building Press in January 2014.
China as one the world’s great emerging economies is at a critical juncture in its history. Its urban population is projected to grow by 300 million by 2025. Choices made now will have an immense impact on the long-term viability and energy efficiency of its cities. Carbon dependence has to be reduced and sustainable city design can play a central role. Two factors that have played a major role in effecting climate change are urbanization and transportation. In the west the current environmental crisis is largely the result of how cities have been built over the past fifty years, leading to excessive auto-dependence for mobility and rampant sprawl using up precious land. It is imperative that China not follow this pattern of auto oriented urban growth and instead adopt a model that has lesser impact on the environment. The Manual lays out standards and practices to enable Chinese decision makers to leapfrog over some of the world’s urban planning mistakes and establish a new paradigm for the cities of the future.