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Energy, Cities and Sustainability : An Historical Approach (Hardcover) (Harry Margalit)
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As city dwellers begin to outnumber country dwellers globally, this book traces the evolution of the modern city, the energy sources that power it and the motivations behind increasing urbanisation. It examines changing energy use across history, analysing the origins and significance of the Industrial Revolution to reveal how the modern city came into being. The book discusses transport, population size, housing, electricity use and growing consumption, showing how the cultural aspects of energy use have influenced urban form in the developed world and developing countries. Finally, it looks to the future, considering whether this model of modern urban life is sustainable.