1st Edition

Governing for Sustainable Urban Development

ISBN 9781844078196
Published June 3, 2010 by Routledge
172 Pages

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Book Description

Achieving urban sustainability is amongst the most pressing issues facing planners and governments. This book is the first to provide a cohesive analysis of sustainable urban development and to examine the processes by which change in how urban areas are built can be achieved. The author looks at how sustainable urban development can be delivered on the ground through a comprehensive analysis of the different modes of governing for new urban development.

Governing for Sustainable Urban Development:

  • considers a range of policy tools that influence urban development and that constitute different modes of governing
  • provides an innovative conceptual emphasis on learning within governing processes
  • draws on a wide range of existing research, policy and literature together with case study material focussing on London
  • is above all concerned with demonstrating how sustainable urban development can be delivered in practice.

This title be essential reading for students, academics and professionals in planning, urban design and architecture world-wide working to achieve sustainability.

Table of Contents

1. Sustainable Development and the Urban Agenda  2. Dimensions of Sustainable Urban Development  3. Producing Urban Development  4. Governing for Sustainability  5. Governing and Learning  6. Information and Sustainable Urban Development  7. Financial Incentives and Sustainable Urban Development  8. Spatial Planning for Sustainable Urban Development  9. Regulating for Sustainable Urban Development  10. Prospects for Sustainable Urban Development

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Yvonne Rydin is a Professor at the Bartlett School of Planning, UCL and Co-Director of the UCL Environment Institute. She is the author of five books including Urban and Environmental Planning in the UK (Palgrave, 2nd ed. 2003.)


'This is the textbook on achieving sustainable urban development that everyone has been waiting for.' Professor Sir Peter Hall, Bartlett Professor of Planning and Regeneration, University College London '...this book is recommended for its rigorous analysis of a subject which will preoccupy us for a long time.' Sebastian Loew, Urban Design Group Journal

"It is enticing to think that governance is produced in networks of stakeholders and that participants in those networks engage in processes of learning.  Likewise for the notion that new resources can be made available, conflicts resolved, and legitimacy for action gained in the process."  Bradshaw Hovey, University at Buffalo, USA