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.
Table of Contents
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
Chapter 2. POLITICS
Who stands up for the ecology? The politics of sustainable land use in Stockholm
Chapter 3. CONCRETIZATION
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
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?
Chapter 9. PROGRAMMING
Programming urban transitions in practice
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?
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
Chapter 16. CONCLUDING COMMENTARY
Will sustainability be replaced by resilience, and if so, why?
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.