1st Edition

Planning and Urban Design for Attractive Arctic Cities

    262 Pages 100 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    262 Pages 100 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book takes a deep dive into the design and planning, and unique challenges of settlements in the European Arctic. Attractive Arctic Cities require job opportunities, good societal and commercial services, and importantly, high-quality built environments in order to thrive. The cities of the European Arctic are generally small and sit in sparsely populated regions, with large travel times between places, making them uniquely challenging from a planning and design perspective. The chapters detail the planning process and place-shaping in Arctic. Emphasis is placed on the importance of urban design, micro-climate, cultural heritage and movement & transport. The objective is to provide an overarching book for students and practitioners of architecture, urban design and town planning on the design and planning of Arctic settlements in the European Arctic (Finland, Norway, Sweden) as well as in North America, Canada, Russia, Iceland, Greenland, and China.

    1. The European Arctic living environment  2. Climate and weather of the Arctic  3. Sustainability and climate adaptation in the Arctic  4. Arctic regional perspectives  5. Planning in the Arctic  6. Urban morphology in the Arctic  7. Urban movement & human wellbeing  8. Arctic urban heritage  9. Urban design for the Arctic  10. Urban attractiveness  11. Integrating white in green-blue planning  12. Planning and urban design in the Arctic


    David Chapman is Associate Professor in city and regional planning at the University of Stavanger, Norway and Senior Lecturer in architecture at Luleå University of Technology, Sweden. He is an architect and town planner.

    Kristina L Nilsson is Professor emerita of Architecture at Luleå University of Technology, is a member of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and is Swedish representative in the Nordic Planning Research Network PLANNORD.

    Jennie Sjöholm is Senior Lecturer in Conservation at University of Gothenburg and Senior Lecturer in History at Luleå University of Technology.

    "As climate moves ever higher in our collective consciousness, this welcome book takes climate as its starting point and the need for climate sensitive planning and design as its goal. In doing so it systematically looks across scales of impact and intervention to offer a long-overdue and in-depth examination of the Arctic context."

    Matthew Carmona, Professor of Planning and Urban Design, The Bartlett School of Planning, University College London, UK

    "This book is highly relevant for understanding the regional planning of Arctic cities, and how the challenges of urban planning are different from those of more densely populated regions. The book will be useful as a learning resource in all Arctic Higher Education institutions and regional planning and development offices, and should find its place on the desks of Arctic Mayors and Chairs of City Councils, who take important decisions about the planning of our cities. Far too often, northern residents end up living in an urban environment that primarily serves an economic purpose: tourism, mining, industry. This book is a great resource in planning a liveable Arctic city."

    Outi Snellman, Secretary General, UArctic (University of the Arctic), Finland

    "This up-to-date and wide-ranging educational book with useful learning points demonstrates, beyond doubt, the need for updated policy, planning, and urban design strategies for a region with a rapidly changing climate and demography. This book is an essential read for students and others engaged in the planning and design of cities in the North."

    Peter Hemmersam, Professor of Urban Design, The Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Norway