This dissertation analyzes the current debate in Southern California on water supply and land use planning in major development projects. Developers and local authorities claim that these developments are more “sustainable” than the traditional urbanism of the region. Numerous opponents, who argue that current practices are still characterized by excessive water use and other environmental damages, contest these claims. These controversies take place against the backdrop of perceived growing political, environmental and economic threats to the region’s water supply. We discuss the changes and elements of continuity in the current evolutions, and analyze their environmental, political and social consequences. We thus build a critique of“sustainability” and “environmental protection”, by showing how these notions are socially and politically shaped in given geographical contexts.
|Translated title of the contribution||Towards more sustainable water management in metropolitan Los Angeles, California?: Analysing trends in water use and land use|
|Award date||6 Dec 2007|
|Publication status||Published - 2007|
- Land use change