1st Edition

Enabling the City Interdisciplinary and Transdisciplinary Encounters in Research and Practice

    326 Pages
    by Routledge

    326 Pages
    by Routledge

    Enabling the City is a collaborative book that focuses on how interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary processes of knowledge production may contribute to urban transformation at a local level in the 21st century, striking a balance between enthusiastic support for such transformational potential and a cautious note regarding the persistent challenges to the ethos as well as the practice of inter and transdisciplinarity.

    The rich stories reflect different research and local practice cultures, exploring issues such as ageing, community, health and dementia, public space, energy, mobility cultures, heritage, housing, re-use, and renewal, as well as more universal questions about urban sustainability and climate change, and perhaps most importantly, education. Against this backdrop, aspirations for the 21st century are related to the international, national, and local agendas expressed in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and in the New Urban Agenda (NUA), raising fundamental questions of how to enable development. We highlight aspects of transformative learning and ways of knowing, critical to any collaborative and participatory process.

    Part I: Setting the Scene

    1. Setting the Stage

    Josefine Fokdal, Olivia Bina, Prue Chiles, Liis Ojamäe and Katrin Paadam

    2. The Inter- and Transdisciplinary Process: A Framework

    Olivia Bina, Josefine Fokdal, Prue Chiles, Katrin Paadam and Liis Ojamäe

    3. Words Matter: A Shared Baseline Vocabulary

    Julie Mennes

    Part II: Urban Stories Beyond Disciplines

    1. The Place and Space of Power: Mess, Uncertainty and Change over Time

    Prue Chiles, Anna Krzywoszynska, Helen Holmes, Alastair Buckley, Matt Watson and Jose Mawyin

    2. A Creative "NanoTown": Framing Sustainable Development Scenarios with Local People in Calabria

    Giulio Verdini, Olivia Bina, Prue Chiles, Pilar Maria Guerrieri, Etra Connie Occhialini, Alan Mace, Christian Nolf, Anna Paola Pola and Paola Raffa

    3. Explorations on Residential Resilience: Brf Viva 2011–2019

    Sten Gromark, Björn Andersson and Anna Braide

    4. Swimming Free: The Citizen-Driven Transformation of Neubad Lucerne

    Patricia Wolf, Christian Lars Schuchert, Sibylla Amstutz, Bettina Minder and Alex Willener

    5. Real-World Laboratories as Catalysts for Urban Change: The Example of CASA Schützenplatz in Stuttgart

    Raphael Dietz, Josefine Fokdal, Marius Gantert, Astrid Ley, Jesús Martínez Zárate and Antje Stokman

    6. A Step Towards an Enjoyable City: Joining Expertise in Redesigning Public Space Along the "Main Street" in Tallinn

    Katrin Paadam and Liis Ojamäe

    7. Partnerships for Urban Regeneration in Bulgaria: Who Needs Academic Research?

    Elena Dimitrova

    8. Barriers and Potentials of Interprofessional Planning: Creating Care Homes for People with Dementia

    Hans Thor Andersen and Inge Mette Kirkeby

    9. Together on the Platform: Common Action and Reviving the Central Open Public Space in Ruski Car (Russian Tsar) in Ljubljana

    Matej Nikšič

    Part III: Short Stories from Practice

    1. Protohome – Newcastle

    Julia Heslop

    2. Spreefeld Co-Housing – Berlin

    Michael LaFond, Prue Chiles and Alice Grant

    3. Portland Works – Sheffield

    Cristina Cerulli

    4. Urban Change – Gagliato

    Rob Wills, James Anderson, Emma Kingman and Prue Chiles

    5. Sino - French Cooperation

    Françoise Ged

    6. City Forums – Tallinn

    Raul Järg

    7. Vodnikova Road – Ljubljana

    Matej Nikšič, Marko Peterlin and Prue Chiles

    Part IV: Lessons Learned – Beyond Context

    1. Transdisciplinarity Revisited: Transformative Potential of Lessons We Might Learn

    Christoph Woiwode and Olivia Bina

    2. Characteristics of Integration in Inter- and Transdisciplinary Urban Research and Practice

    Erik Weber and Julie Mennes

    3. Enabling the City: Learning for Transformational Change

    Josefine Fokdal, Olivia Bina and Giulio Verdini


    Josefine Fokdal is Senior Researcher and Lecturer at the Department of International Urbanism at the University of Stuttgart. Josefine's research focus is on co-production in urban development, governance, and informal dynamics amd she is involved in the Realworld Laboratory for Sustainable Mobility Culture.

    Olivia Bina is a Principal Researcher at the University of Lisbon, Adjunct Assistant Professor in the department of Geography & Resource Management, Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science. She has a degree in Political Sciences and PhD in Geography. Through interdisciplinarity Olivia searches for pathways that balance ever-smarter growth and technology with a recovery of the unlimited potential of human-nature connectedness. Olivia was the Chair of the COST Action Intrepid.

    Prue Chiles is Professor of Architectural Design Research at Newcastle and part of the practice Chiles, Evans and Care Architects CE+CA. Prue works to strengthen connections between people, place, teaching, imagination, and architectural design.

    Liis Ojamäe is Associate Professor at the School of Business and Governance at Tallinn University of Technology and also at the School of Governance, Law and Society, Tallinn University. Liis' research interests are related to urban housing: residential culture, housing policy and markets, housing re-construction, and sustainability.

    Katrin Paadam is Professor of Sociology in the School of Business and Governance, Tallinn University of Technology. Katrin has an integrated approach towards urban and residential dynamics and her research focuses on transforming actors’ practices and cultures on different scales of city space in the interplay of material structures and larger socio-spatial processes.

    "This intellectually and visually attractive book offers an invaluable guide to the innovative inter- and transdisciplinary ideas, vocabularies and tools for crafting more sustainable urban futures. Applied case studies from Newcastle to Ljubljana and Tallinn to Calabria, by authors from diverse communities of practice, demonstrate the transformative power of combining different knowledges in co-productive collaborations. This is sure to become a landmark in its field." David Simon, Professor of Development Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK

    "Transpositional knowledge has the power to ignite innovation and enrich collaboration when applied across the complex urban contexts that define the cities of today. The multi-regional and multi-scalar ethnographic accounts offered in this book illustrate the agency inter and in particular transdisciplinary approaches offer diverse stakeholders, at a time when the imperative for fostering cooperation couldn't be more acute." Harriet Harriss, Dean of the School of Architecture, Pratt Institute, US