About this issue

Today, cities around the world are becoming laboratories for a host of experiments in sustainable economic development. But will cities truly lead the way towards a green and sustainable future for this planet? And if they do, could all cities go green? This volume explores the “green city” concept from a global and interdisciplinary perspective. Contributions examine the conflicts inherent in eco-modernization—including issues relating to greenwashing, inequality, and justice—and the underlying power relations that shape twenty-first century ecological urbanism. Importantly, these pieces also investigate opportunities to respond meaningfully to urban environmental challenges. In so doing, they provide a space to consider new ways of thinking about green cities, and how to make them a reality in the future.

How to cite: Müller, Simone M. and Annika Mattissek (Eds). “Green Cities: Explorations and Visions of Urban Sustainability,” RCC Perspectives: Transformations in Environment and Society 2018, no. 1. doi.org/10.5282/rcc/8462.


Introduction by Simone M. Müller and Annika Mattissek 

Green Visions: A Dialogue by Dorothee Brantz and Avi Sharma

Eco-modernization and Its Discontents

Branding the Green City by Sabine Barthold

Who Are Green Cities Actually For? by May Tan-Mullins

A Tale of Two Cities: Climate Policy in Münster and Dresden by Cindy Sturm

The Limits of Techno-management in Transitioning to Green Cities by Nir Barak

New Green Visions

Green City Promises and “Just Sustainabilities” by Vanesa Castán Broto

Feathering the Multispecies Nest: Green Cities, Convivial Spaces by Kate Rigby 

The Emerald City Was Not a Green City by Martin V. Melosi

Art, Social Change, and the Green City: A Rebuke of Green Metropolitanization by Rob Krueger