The speed of transformation of countries in the Global South has quickly imposed, in recent years, new priorities in the urban agenda of this part of the world. In particular, the controversial relationship between the loss of local/regional identity and modernisation is increasingly becoming a matter of great concern especially in Asia, Africa and Latin America. In these contexts, new challenges, such as fast urbanization, migrations, technological innovation, health crisis, and climate change, are seriously threatening, in some cases, the survival as such of the traces of the past, especially the urban or rural heritage, or broadly speaking, the tangible and intangible dimensions of local cultures. Elsewhere, local cultures are persisting and adapting to new conditions, producing innovative and alternative approaches to planning and design that deserves attention.
Different and more suitable analytical frameworks are needed to capture current urban transformations, risks and emerging approaches to sustainability.
The series, which is grounded in the theory and practice of urban planning and design, is open to cross-disciplinary contributions and will welcome books on the Global South that deal with:
If you would like to submit a proposal, please contact the Series Editors, Giulio Verdini ([email protected]), Paolo Ceccarelli ([email protected]), or the Commissioning Editor, Caroline Church([email protected]).
By Wallace P.H. Chang
April 28, 2023
This book investigates the concept of human landscape in rural settlements in Southern China, where communities and their cultural landscapes are facing contemporary challenges following a period of rapid urbanization in the last 50 years. While metropolitan cities, such as Hong Kong, are ...
By Mziwoxolo Sirayi, Modimowabarwa Kanyane, Giulio Verdini
January 09, 2023
This book captures ground-breaking attempts to utilise culture in territorial development and regeneration processes in the context of South Africa and our 'new normal' brought by COVID-19, the fourth industrial revolution, and climate change the world over. The importance of culture in ...
By Sidh Sintusingha, Hao Wu, Wenqi Lin, Sun Sheng Han, Bo Qin
January 09, 2023
International Perspectives on the Belt and Road Initiative investigates the most significant global‐scale international trade expansion and capital investment programme since the Second World War. This book focusses on the multi-national perspectives of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in order ...
By Luca Zan, Bing Yu, Jianli Yu, Haiming Yan
March 04, 2020
Heritage Sites in Contemporary China: Cultural Policies and Management Practices focuses on cultural heritage policies in China emerging in the period of the 11th and 12th Five Year Plans. Various important Chinese sites across China are investigated, including Luoyang Sui, Daming Gong, Niuheliang,...
By Shigeru Satoh
January 16, 2020
Over the past few decades, Japan has faced severe earthquake disasters, an increasing aging population, declining birth rates, and widening social disparities. These issues have served to highlight gaps left by top-down governance approaches and the urgent need to create resilient societies using ...