1st Edition

Futureproof City Ten Immediate Paths to Urban Resilience

By Barry D. Wilson Copyright 2022
    252 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    252 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Futureproof City creates adaptability and resiliency in the face of the unknown challenges resulting from technological change, population explosion, global pandemic, and environmental crisis. A paradigm shift is urgently required in the means of conceiving, delivering, and managing city development to create better places to live. This book brings to the fore many new solutions currently being proposed and piloted globally, identifying ten key areas affecting the physical fabric of our cities where governments, planners, investors, and the individuals responsible for shaping lives can refocus their understanding, priorities, and funding in order to more effectively utilise the limited financial, natural, and time resources available. It will be key reading for every policy maker and professional working in sustainability, development, technology, health and welfare, investment, and risk issues in cities today.

    Introduction. A Clarion Call: The Urgent Case for Doing Things Differently

    Chapter 1. Putting Wellness First: Re-evaluating Human Priorities in the Context of Health and Happiness

    Chapter 2. Reconsider, Rethink, Redirect: Envisioning and Collaborating to Plan Resilient Living Places

    Chapter 3. Right Development in the Right Place: Mitigating the Challenges of Climate Impact through Land Management

    Chapter 4. Framing with Blue & Green: Adopting Green and Blue Infrastructure as the Fundamental Network to Plan Cities

    Chapter 5. Placing for Age: Adapting Urban Development for Diversity and Inclusivity

    Chapter 6. Think Fast, Think Smart: Incorporating Opportunities in the Digital Revolution

    Chapter 7. Empowering the Future: Transitioning to the New Energy Shared Economy

    Chapter 8. Unleashing Urban Potential: Repurposing Streets to People Needs

    Chapter 9. Prosperity through Density: Accommodating Burgeoning Urban Populations

    Chapter 10. Both Safe and Dependable: Providing New Means to Quality Shelter for All

    Conclusion. Towards a New Mindset: Meeting the Needs of the Coming Urban Revolution


    Barry D. Wilson was born in London and has lived and worked across four continents in a career spanning over 30 years as a multi-skilled, design and construction professional and mediator. He received an award from the China International Urbanization Development Strategy Research Committee for his contribution to China's urbanisation transformation in 2012 and was awarded the Reed Mallik Medal from the Institution of Civil Engineers in 2019. He is a Fellow of both the Hong Kong Institutes of Urban Design and Landscape Architecture and is Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Hong Kong.