1st Edition

Emergent Urbanism Urban Planning & Design in Times of Structural and Systemic Change

By Tigran Haas, Krister Olsson Copyright 2014
    204 Pages
    by Routledge

    202 Pages
    by Routledge

    In the last few decades, many European and American cities and towns experienced economic, social and spatial structural change. Strategies for urban regeneration include investments in infrastructures for production, consumption and communication, as well as marketing and branding measures, and urban design schemes. Bringing together leading academics from across a range of disciplines, including Douglas Kelbaugh, Ali Madanipour, Saskia Sassen, Gregory Ashworth, Nan Elin, Emily Talen, and many others, Emergent Urbanism identifies the specific issues dominating today’s urban planning and urban design discourse, arguing that urban planning and design not only results from deliberate planning and design measures, but how these combine with infrastructure planning, and derive from economic, social and spatial processes of structural change. Combining explorations from urban planning, urban theory, human geography, sociology, urban design and architecture, the volume provides a comprehensive and state-of-the-art overview, highlighting the complexities of these interactions in space and place, process and design.

    Contents: Introduction: emergent urbanism and beyond, Krister Olsson and Tigran Haas. Part I The New Urban Context: Alphaville and Masdar: the future of urban space and form?, Alexander R. Cuthbert; Imagining biophilic cities, Timothy Beatley; A long view at high speed, Andrew Ballantyne; Creativity, diversity and interaction: urban space and place-making, Ali Madanipour; Incremental urbanism: the emergence of informal settlements, Kim Dovey; The city seen: strategies of coherence, evocation and simulation in urban representation, William Uricchio. Part II Processes of Planning and Urban Change: Social capital in the age of megacities and the knowledge economy, Hans Westlund; Cities of culture and culture in cities: the emerging uses of culture in city branding, Gregory Ashworth and Mihalis Kavaratzis; The field of urban composition, Mark C. Childs; The subject of place: staying with the trouble, Jonathan Metzger; What is good urbanism?, Nan Ellin; The challenge of social sustainability: revisiting the unfinished job of defining and measuring social sustainability in an urban context, Andrea Colantonio. Part III The Urban Product: Emergent urbanism as the transformative force in saving the planet, Peter Newman; Does the city have speech?, Saskia Sassen; Planning the emergent and dealing with uncertainty: regulations and urban form, Emily Talen; The responsive city: the city of the future re-imagined from the bottom up, Sarah Williams; The environmental paradox of the city, landscape urbanism and new urbanism, Douglas Kelbaugh. Index.


    Tigran Haas is an Associate Professor at KTH - The Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden and Krister Olsson is an Associate Professor at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

    ’Can a city be part of a sustainable ecosystem? This book deals with the complex processes of city design and the field of emergent urbanism. In times of profound urban and social change, which are transforming our systems of infrastructure and public space, this book offers a critical overview of recent trends for scholars, students and practitioners.’ Steffen Lehmann, Curtin University, Australia ’Are urban design and planning today contributing adaptive solutions to cities or exacerbating the systemic problems for them caused by climate change, digital technologies, the post-industrial economy, resource scarcity, and the widening gap between rich and poor? This is the brilliant question posed by the editors of this wide-ranging and provocative exploration of emerging urbanism. Don’t expect consensus from the A-list of authors - but do expect your thinking about the professional roles of urbanists to be challenged and prepared for change!’ Ellen Dunham-Jones, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA ’The 21st century demands a different kind of architect, open to new ways of thinking about design and the role of the profession in the social, economic and political arenas. Emergent Urbanism is a timely publication that skilfully illuminates these broader forces of structural change, and reminds us that cities must ultimately respond to the aspirations and needs of the people that call them home.’ Alfredo Brillembourg, Urban-Think Tank/ETH Zürich, Switzerland