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Social Sustainability in Urban Areas
Communities, Connectivity and the Urban Fabric

ISBN 9781138996274
Published November 27, 2015 by Routledge
256 Pages

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Book Description

This groundbreaking new volume on social sustainability offers both critique and creative solutions. It challenges the conventional wisdoms of social sustainability and presents practical examples of projects that will help practitioners to think carefully and innovatively about the situations they are addressing. The book consists of original contributions from academics working in the fields of urban planning, housing, regeneration, transport and international sustainable development. Drawing on case study research gathered in the UK, Europe and Africa, it adopts an original, interdisciplinary approach to both theory and practice, illustrating the challenges and opportunities facing policy-makers and practitioners attempting to develop, manage and maintain sustainable communities. The authors argue that the dominant approach of 'how to do' small scale social sustainability fails to locate it within broader social processes. Ignoring the context not only sustains, but also actively reproduces wider inequalities. The book presents a new, more coherent and more complete approach to issues of social sustainability in urban areas. The book approaches current urban policy discourses in three different ways, represented by three sections: firstly focusing on small places within the urban fabric, secondly addressing the whole urban fabric by examining whether changing urban living and working patterns. The third section explores some of the ways that funding can be secured to achieve the aims of social sustainability and the social planning associated with it.

Table of Contents

Introduction  1. Understanding Social Sustainability: Key Concepts and Developments in Theory and Practice  Part 1: Communities, Neighbourhoods and the Creation of Locality-Based Social Capital  Introduction to Part 1  2. Creating Sustainable Neighbourhoods? The Development and Management of Mixed-Income Communities  3. Building Sustainable Communities from the Grassroots: How Community Land Trusts can Create Social Sustainability  4. Neighbourhood Asset Management: Life Cycles and Learning for Social Sustainability  5. Women's Social Networks and their Importance in Promoting Sustainable Communities  Part 2: The Role of Place and Connectivity in the Urban Socio-Physical Environment  Introduction to Part 2  6. Residential Intensification, Family Housing and Educational Provision  7. Transport Planning for Sustainable Communities  8. The Impacts of Teleworking on Sustainability and Travel  Part 3: Regeneration and Economic Development  Introduction to Part 3  9. Planning Obligations and Social Sustainability  10. The Urban Renaissance and the Night-Time Economy – Who Belongs in the City at Night?  11. The Relationship between Major Events, the Urban Fabric and Social Sustainability  12. Conclusions and Observations for Future Practice

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Tony Manzi is a Principal Lecturer in Housing and the Course Leader for the MA in Housing Practice at the University of Westminster. Karen Lucas is Research Fellow with the Transport Studies Unit at the University of Oxford and former Director of Research for the Centre for Sustainable Development at the University of Westminster. Tony Lloyd Jones is Principal Lecturer in Urban Design and Development at the University of Westminster and Director of Research and Consultancy at the University's Max Lock Centre. Judith Allen is Principal Lecturer in Neighbourhood Management in the School of Architecture and the Built Environment, University of Westminster.


'A timely and critical look at different ways in which [a] social perspective can help create genuinely 'sustainable communities'.' Chris Church, London 21 and UK Low Carbon Communities 'Theory and practice around sustainable development have consistently been at their weakest on how the social elements relate to the full picture. This intriguing book takes a timely and critical look at different ways in which this social perspective can help create genuinely 'sustainable communities'.' Chris Church, London 21 and UK Low Carbon Communities 'In my mind, Social Sustainability in Urban Areas is a welcome addition to the growing interest in issues of equity and building social capital in urban areas. But perhaps more important, the book stimulates our thinking about the difficulties we face both practically and theoretically in understanding and then creating socially sustainable urban communities.' Journal of Planning Education and Research 'Presenting multidimensional issues in the theory and multilayered institutional arrangements in the practice of social sustainability, this book is timely and an undeniable source for sustainable development in urban areas, opening our eyes to new ways of understanding and living in our cities in a truly social manner.' A. Senem Deviren, Istanbul Technical University, Faculty of Architecture, Urban Research and Practice