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community outreach, discussion, and experi- mentation. Citizens can get involved and see what can be accomplished and how benefits and burdens wiü be balanced. It is possible to build agile cities—perhaps even carbon neutral cit- ies—if society can come to a consensus and de- mand better development practices. [NOTE: Climate change and energy de- pletion create future uncertainties that remain daunting. As described by Russell, solutions to confront these challenges are already available. By internalizing environmental costs through altering subsidies, incentives, and disincen- tives, communities can create development and living patterns that are better equipped to adapt to future scenarios. Through planning we can layer and integrate solutions, technologies, and programs to create a better quality of life and foster stronger communities. The solutions presented in this book are intriguing and tech- nologically achievable. The author clearly de- scribes where city development is at present, how city development got here through past practices, and how city development can change with the goal of creating a more agile future. Not overly inundated with complex sta- tistics or theories. The Agile City is an excel- lent addition to entry level planning and de- sign courses. It should be essential reading both for those that have a voice in policy and city wide planning decisions, and anyone that has an interest in the way we build our cities and communities. The Agile City provides practical solutions to address the causes and future repercussions of climate change through adjusting the way society influences and physically constructs de- velopment. James RusseU describes the policies that have created the inefficient development prevalent in American cities today and identi- fies strategies that will enable us to build more sustainable, adaptable, and economically viable cities using existing knowledge and technolo- gies. Recommended.] — Matthew Nicolette A History ofthe Internet and the Digital Future By Johnny Ryan (senior researcher. Insti- tute of Jnternational and European Affairs, Dublin) London UK: Reaktion Books. 2010. 246 pages. Hard- cover $27. Key Words: COMMUNICATIONS; INFOTECH Johnny Ryan bases his insight into the future of the Internet on a comprehensive un- derstanding of its development. Ryan divides his study into three phases. The first examines the concepts and context from which the Inter- net emerged. The second traces the maturation of the technology and culture of networking. The third shows how the defining characteris- tics ofthe Internet are working to transform cul- ture, commerce, and politics today. A helpful glossary supplies definitions for the many ab- breviations and acronyms that populate the text.
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  • Global Warming, World Future Society, Johnny Ryan, World Future Review

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