1st Edition

Dilemmas of Sustainable Urban Development A View from Practice

Edited By Jonathan Metzger, Jenny Lindblad Copyright 2020
    254 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    254 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    Dilemmas of Sustainable Urban Development offers valuable insights into a difficult line of work whose practice inevitably requires a confrontation with fundamental conflicts between divergent goals, and therefore also demands difficult choices and compromises. With contributions from leading academics and expert practitioners, this book provides readers with diverse international case studies which highlight and examine the concrete challenges of practicing sustainable urban development.

    The examples in this book touch upon all aspects of sustainable urban development work, from City Hall to the local park. All of the cases unfold in their own specific contexts under particular circumstances—but from each one of them there are general lessons that can be used to inform practice. This book is essential reading for anyone who is active as a student, researcher, or practitioner in the field of urban development.


    A practice-centered approach to dilemmas of sustainable urban development

    Jonathan Metzger & Jenny Lindblad

    Chapter 1. LAW

    Sustainable Development in English planning law: Golden Thread or Black Swan

    Sue Chadwick

    Chapter 2. POLITICS

    Who stands up for the ecology? The politics of sustainable land use in Stockholm

    Sabina Edelman


    Sustainability in city management and urban planning in Gothenburg: from vague vision to social inclusion activities

    Petra Adolfsson and Sara Brorström

    Chapter 4. STRATEGY

    What is more important than getting things done? Learning from Sustainable Sydney 2030

    Martin Kornberger

    Chapter 5. BEST PRACTICE

    Best-Practices: Contradictions of the ‘Green City’ in Germany

    Samuel Mössner & Rob Krueger

    Chapter 6. MOBILITY

    Promises of intermodality for sustainable mobility in Bordeaux

    Patrice Godier & Guy Tapie

    Chapter 7. COMPLEXITIES

    Construction sites of sustainable low carbon transition in Paris: snapshots of internal organization, energy plans and technical infrastructure

    Jonathan Rutherford & Sylvère Angot

    Chapter 8. VALUES

    Valuing sustainability in Bordeaux: should the lawn be mowed?

    Jenny Lindblad

    Chapter 9. PROGRAMMING

    Programming urban transitions in practice

    Jonas Bylund

    Chapter 10. EVIDENCE

    Evidence-based urban development: beyond the urban anecdotes?

    Magnus Johansson & Joakim Forsemalm

    Chapter 11. SMART

    Climate-Smart Cities: A corporate takeover of urban environmental governance in Malmö?

    Darcy Parks

    Chapter 12. OWNERSHIP

    Delivering sustainable development: landownership and accountability in Cambridge city

    Sophia Peacock & Phil Allmendinger

    Chapter 13. TOOLS

    Realizing the vision of a socially inclusive RiverCity

    Jacob Lindkvist, Kristian Käll & Anders Svensson

    Chapter 14. COMMONS

    Producing collaborative sustainable urban development: experiences of water management in Bangalore, India

    Hita Unnikrishnan, Vanesa Castán Broto & Harini Nagendra

    Chapter 15. EXPECTATIONS

    Hope and despair: professionals’ struggle to navigate multiple planning ideas in a public-private collaboration in Gothenburg

    Mari Kågström


    Will sustainability be replaced by resilience, and if so, why?

    Barbara Czarniawska


    Jonathan Metzger is Professor in Urban and Regional Studies at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. Most of his research deals with decision making concerning complex environmental issues—often (but not exclusively) with a focus on urban and regional policy and politics. In his work he relates to, and finds inspiration in, research debates within the subject areas of planning studies, human geography, science and technology studies, and organization studies.​

    Jenny Lindblad is a PhD candidate in Urban and Regional Studies at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden. Her dissertation explores bureaucratic practices in French urban planning, and particularly the implications of contexts as a setting for, and product of, planning. Broadly, her research inquires how material infrastructures shape urban geographies. Jenny is trained in social anthropology, and an associated member of the research center Profession, Architecture, Ville et Environnement (PAVE) of the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture et de Paysage de Bordeaux.