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The New Companion to Urban Design

1st Edition

Edited by Tridib Banerjee, Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris


720 pages | 172 B/W Illus.

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The New Companion to Urban Design continues the assemblage of rich and critical ideas about urban form and design that began with the Companion to Urban Design (Routledge 2011). With contributions from a new set of contributors this sequel offers a more comparative perspective representing multiple voices and perspectives from the Global South.

The essays in this volume are organized in three parts: Part I: Comparative Urbanism; Part II: Challenges; and Part III: Opportunities. Each part contains distinct sections designed to address specific themes, and includes a list of annotated suggested further readings at the end of each chapter. Part I: Comparative Urbanism examines different variants of urbanism in the Global North and in the Global South produced by a new economic order characterized by the mobility of labor, capital, information, and technology. Part II: Challenges discusses some of the contemporary challenges that cities of the Global North and the Global South are facing and the possible role of urban design. This part discusses spatial claims and conflicts, challenges generated by urban informality, explosive growth or dramatic shrinkage of the urban settlement, gentrification and displacement, and mimesis, simulacra and lack of authenticity. Part III: Aspirations discusses some normative goals that urban design interventions aspire to bring about in cities of the Global North and the Global South. These include resilience and sustainability, health, conservation/restoration, justice, intelligence, access and mobility, and arts and culture.

The new companion is primarily intended for scholars and graduate students interested in cities and their built environment. It offers an invaluable and up-to-date guide to current thinking across a range of disciplines including urban design, planning, urban studies, and geography.


"This new collection takes us on a journey in two senses, first through the complexities, compromises and challenges that is contemporary urban design, and second, across the diverse approaches that we find globally to address these concerns. The result is a fascinating collage of contributions which attests to the growing richness of scholarship in our field. I warmly recommend the volume to practitioners, students and researchers alike." - Matthew Carmona, Professor of Planning & Urban Design, The Bartlett, UCL, UK

"The New Companion to Urban Design is an essential follow-up volume to the Companion to Urban Design published in 2011. It opens two essential windows, one to the Southern Hemisphere, where urban design is facing other challenges than in the Anglo-American world, and one to the field of digitalisation that will definitively change the context of urban design. This widened scope and the well-balanced comparative perspective the volume offers will certainly win a wider readership. Particularly urban planners in China will benefit from the well-written essays of this wide-ranging companion." - Klaus R. Kunzmann, Professor Emeritus, School of Planning, Technical University of Dortmund, Germany

Table of Contents

List of contributors; INTRODUCTION: Changing Urbanism: Challenges and Aspirations of Urban Design in a Transforming World (Tridib Banerjee and Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris); PART I: COMPARATIVE URBANISM; Part I.I Arguments and Observations; Introduction; 1:Comparative Urbanism: Design in Translation (Fran Tonkiss); 2: Fishbowl City: Postcolonial Los Angeles and the Philosophy of the Urban (Ananya Roy); Part I.II Regional Experiences; Introduction; 3: Globalization, Resiliency, and Change: Latin American Urban Design in the 21st Century (Lawrence Herzog); 4: Spatial Justice and Urban Design: The Case of Southern African Settlements (David Dewar); 5: The Fading Pulse of Place: Eastern Mediterranean Cities in the Neoliberal Era (Ramzi Farhat); 6: Un-cities: The Urbanism of Rapidly Growing Cities in the Gulf Region (Surajit Chakravarty); PART II: CHALLENGES; Part II.I Claims and Conflicts; Introduction; 7:Immigrants, Mosques, and Religious Pluralism: Challenges for Urban Design and Planning (Stefano Moroni, Francesco Chiodelli, Elena Porqueddu, and Anna Botta ); 8: Claiming Ordinary Space in the Cosmopolitan Grid: The Case of Singapore (Felicity H.H. Chan); 9: Designing for Difference in Barcelona’s El Raval (Jeremy Nemeth); Part II.II Informality; Introduction; 10:Informal Settlement as a Mode of Production (Kim Dovey); 11: The New Geographies and Spatialities of Informality (Annette Kim); 12: Urban Informality and the City at Night (Su-Jan Yeo); 13: Urban Design and Informal Urbanism: Case Studies from Delhi and Mumbai (Manish Chalana); 14: The Everyday Exceptionalism of Temporary Settlements: The Role of Urban Design Response (Rachel Berney); Part II.III Explosive Growth versus Shrinkage; Introduction; 15:The Insurmountable Opportunities of Explosive Growth: Urban Design in China (Dan Abramson); 16: Urban Space Design for Hybrid and High-Density Environments (Cho Im Sik); 17: Shrinking Cities, Shrinking World: Urban Design for an Emerging Era of Global Population Decline (Brent Ryan); 18: From Abandonment to Urban Qualities? Urban Design Strategies for Shrinking Cities in Germany and the US (Karina Pallagst, René Fleschurz, and Sabrina Förch); 19: Designing the Shrinking City (Justin Hollander); Part II.IV Large Scale Redevelopment; Introduction; 20:The Design of Large-Scale Redevelopment Projects (Alexander Garvin); 21: From Town Hall to Town Plan: The Case of Byblos, Lebanon (Sandra Frem and Hashim Sarkis); Part II.V Gentrification and Displacement Introduction; 22:Inner-Ring Suburban Retrofit and Neighborhood Change in the Post-Suburban Era (Suzanne Lanyi Charles and Richard B. Peiser); 23: Unsmart Outcomes of the Smart City Initiative: Displacement and Peripheralization in Indian Cities (Darshini Mahadevia); Part II.VI Mimesis and Simulacra; Introduction; 24: Between Simulation and Authenticity: The Question of Urban Remaking (Scott A. Lukas); 25: Glocalizing Themes Spaces: The Creation of Urban Spaces in China, Asia, and Other Regions (Li Xiangning); 26: Travels in ‘Duplitecture (Bianca Bosker); 27: Improvised Urbanism in the Design of India’s Unauthorized Colonies (D. Asher Ghertner); PART III: ASPIRATIONS; Part III.I Resilience and Sustainability; Introduction; 28:Pursuing Resilient Urban Design: Equitably Merging Green and Gray Strategies (Zachary Lamband Lawrence J. Vale); 29: Reducing Vulnerabilities through Urban Design: Interventions for Resilience in Communities at Risk (Diane Davis); 30: Planning the Risk City: Emerging Practices (Yosef Jabareen); 31: Potential of SITES for Urban Design (Fritz Steiner and Rebecca Popowsky); Part III.II Health; Introduction; 32: Refocusing Planning and Design to Maximize Public Health Benefits (Richard J. Jackson and Rebecca Ferdman); 33: A New Health Urbanism (Jenny Roe); 34: Complete and Healthy Streets (Lawrence Frank, Jarred Ulmer, Bruce Appleyard, and Alexander Bigazzi); Part III.III Conservation/Restoration; Introduction

; 35: Broadening Heritage Conservation through Urban Design: Perspectives from Asia (Vinayak Bharne); 36: Heart of Shenzhen: The Movement to Preserve ‘Ancient’ Hubei Village (Mary Ann O'Donnell); 37: Planning Modernity in Kabul: Urban Design as Developmental Politics (Pietro Calogero); Part III.IV Justice Introduction; 38:Justice and Urban Design (Bruce C. Lowery and Lisa A. Schweize); 39: Towards Transformative Urban and Spatial Change: Views from Jakarta (Kian Goh); Part III.V Intelligence; Introduction; 40: Tarzan vs. IBM: Value Paradigms of Urban Technologies (Dietmar Offenhuber); 41: Fisher Smart Citizens, Participatory Urbanism, and the Future of City Design (Jennifer Stein and Scott); 42: Designing the Cities within Emerging Geographies: The Work of Senseable City Lab (Fabio Duarte and Carlo Ratti); 43: Intelligence for Placemaking and Social Inclusion: Critiques and Alternatives to India’s Smart Cities Mission (Balaji Parthasarathy and Brinda Sastry); Part III.VI Access and Mobility; Introduction; 44:Accessibility-Oriented Urban Design (Susan Handy); 45: Mobility, Accessibility and Urban Form (Yodan Rofe); 46: Modernism, Pedestrians, and Public Space: A Century of North American Street Design (Paul Hess, Kelly Gregg, and Ryan Whitney); 47: Mobility, Transport Infrastructure, and Urban Design in Asian Cities (Max Hirsch); Part III.VII Arts and Culture Introduction; 48:Designing the Inclusive City: Urban Cultures, Street Arts, and Public Life (Renia Ehrenfeucht); 49: Painting Insurgent Artscapes (Stefano Bloch); 50: Urban Design and Public Art on Instagram (Brettany Shannon); EPILOGUE (Tridib Banerjee and Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris); Index

About the Editors

Tridib Banerjee holds the James Irvine Chair in Urban and Regional Planning at the USC’s Price School of Public Policy. His research and writings focus on the design and planning of the built environment and their human consequences. "Urban Design: Critical Concepts in Urban Studies" (a 4-volumed edited collection, 2014) is his most recent publication.

Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris is Professor of Urban Planning and Associate Provost for Academic Affairs at UCLA. She is the author of multiple articles on urban design, co-editor of Jobs and Economic Development in Minority Communities (2006), Companion to Urban Design (2011), and Informal American City (2014), and co-author of Urban Design Downtown (1998), Sidewalks (2009), the forthcoming Transit-Oriented Displacement or Community Dividends? (2019).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / City Planning & Urban Development
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban