Urban retrofitting for sustainability: mapping the transition to 2050. By Tim Dixon, Malcolm Eames, Miriam Hunt and Simon Lannon, Routledge, London, 2014. ISBN 978-0-415-64251-4, £55.00 (hb)
Publisher’s description: As concerns over climate change and resource constraints grow, many cities across the world are trying to achieve a low carbon transition. Although new zero carbon buildings are an important part of the story, in existing cities the transformation of the current building stock and urban infrastructure must inevitably form the main focus for transitioning to a low carbon and sustainable future by 2050. Urban Retrofitting for Sustainability brings together interdisciplinary research contributions from leading international experts to focus on key issues such as systems innovation, financing tools, governance, energy, and water management. The chapters consider not only the knowledge and technical tools available, but looks forward to how they can be implemented in real cities by 2050.