Cities for the New Millennium is the outcome of a joint conference held in Salford in July 2000 by the Royal Institute of British Architects and the University of Cambridge's Department of Architecture. It tackles these questions in the light of the Urban Task Force's report about the future of Britain's cities and communities, but sets them in an international and historical context. Professionals - architects, engineers and developers as well as academics from different countries and disciplines here lavish their expertise on issues of transportation, density, land use, risk and energy saving; others present urban-scale buildings or landscapes that have been judged inspirational or inventive. This book, therefore, is not just about theories of urbanism. It reveals how co-operation and debate between different parties and professions can illuminate the creative kind of urban development we should be aiming for.
'The strength of the book is in the quality and diversity of its contributors… The papers present concise and thought-provoking arguments about the multiplicity of problems, conflicts and solutions in modern urban planning from a range of informed viewpoint.' - Environment and Planning A
'This is an interesting collection of papers and is recommended reading for anyone involved in the planning, construction or regeneration of urban areas.' - Regeneration and Renewal
Preface. Introduction. 1. Compaction. 'Let's Cram More into the City'. Capitalism and the City. Density Means Better Cities. 2. Dispersal. Mobility and Space in Metropolitan Areas. Densities and Sustainable Cities: The UK Experience. Compactness or Sprawl: America's Future vs. the Present. 3. Regeneration. 'Creating an Urban Splash': Rehabilitation of Central Sites. Imaginative Landscapes out of Industrial Dereliction. The Task of the Urban Planner and Architect. The Sensuality of Logic and the Logic of Sensuality. Living in the Landscape. 4. Technical Issues. Deltametropolis: An Exercise in Strategic Planning. Infrastructure and Cities. Urban Form and Building Energy. Designing for Disaster: The Urban Future. 5. Lessons from History. Edinburgh. Lessons from London. Extensive or Intensive Development? A Century of Debates and Experience in Moscow.