The Indisciplines collection is published in association with NSS Dialogues, and is geared towards scientists and other parties interested in environmental issues and sustainable development. It includes multidisciplinary works covering the relations between man and nature and covers a wide range of topics.
Defined in the Bruntland Report in the 1980s, sustainable development is a notion that remains largely controversial: helping to assess it is the main objective of this book. What are the specific features of sustainable development? What relationship does it enjoy with growth? What is its timescale - long-term development or countdown? Sustainability is studied here across various sectors - urban, landscape, biodiversity, industry and agro-materials.
There are many facets to the work of Jean-Pierre Deffontaines.Anyone who has joined him in circuitous paths, explored innovative routes and crossed many fields knows the potential for creation that it conceals. The authors of this book are following in his footsteps in his three themes: geoagronomy, landscape and regional projects. The DVD includes icongraphic and multimedia productions of Jean-Pierre Deffontaines and other authors.
Using an approach that breaks with the innumerable rural studies and the most recent preemptive work, the authors have compiled ten diverse, but significant case studies to identify individual and collective, association and institutional behaviours that, by moving away from the commonly-held equivalence between countryside, landscape and Nature itself, are indicative of changes in the way we think and practice, in other words how we live in harmony with Nature in the countryside; they represent genuine signs of the emergence of new "eco-aware" relationships with Nature that are still in their infancy.
The author outlines here the advantage of comparative analysis in the agricultural development process. This discipline initiated by René Dumont incorporates social and economic reality into the thought processes for agricultural evolution.
Will urban policies be influenced by sustainable development? And will sustainable development then bring about scientific innovation? Researchers and scientists in different fields attempt to define the notion of a "sustainable city".
Through five Parisian locations (RER B platform at Châtelet les Halles, Huchette district, rue Lagrange, Peupliers district and Place Pinel), the author questions the existing link between the spaces and our feeling of well-being.
The book attempts to describe and understand the practice of fire by the Cévenol breeders. It studies the relationship between breeders and other local players (fire brigade, managers) around one practice - pastoral fire.
This book is intended for researchers, teachers, students and decision-makers attempting to take greater account of the complexity of environmental issues when building models and developing modelling methods.
What role does aesthetics play in town planning? In striving for sustainable development, can we afford to overlook the fact that towns are first and foremost a place where people live? An original look at the urban environment.