The New Companion to Urban Design
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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 chapters 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 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 to Urban Design 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.
Table of Contents
List of contributors; INTRODUCTION: challenges and aspirations of urban design; PART I: COMPARATIVE URBANISM; Part I.I Arguments and observations; 1: Comparative urbanism: design in translation; 2: Fishbowl city: postcolonial Los Angeles and the philosophy of the urban; Part I.II Regional experiences; 3: Globalization, resiliency, and change: Latin American urban design in the 21st century; 4: Spatial justice and urban design: the case of Southern African settlements; 5: The fading pulse of place: Eastern Mediterranean cities in the neoliberal era; 6: Un-cities: the urbanism of rapidly growing cities in the Gulf region.
PART II: CHALLENGES; Part II.I Claims and conflicts; 7: Immigrants, mosques, and religious pluralism: challenges for urban design and planning; 8: Claiming ordinary space in the cosmopolitan grid: the case of Singapore; 9: Designing for difference in Barcelona’s el Raval; Part II.II Informality; 10: Informal settlement as a mode of production; 11: The new geographies and spatialities of informality; 12: Urban informality and the city at night; 13: Urban design and informal urbanism: case studies from Delhi and Mumbai; 14: The everyday exceptionalism of temporary settlements: the role of urban design response; Part II.III Explosive growth versus shrinkage; 15: The insurmountable opportunities of explosive growth: urban design in China; 16: Urban space design for hybrid and high-density environments; 17: Shrinking cities, shrinking world: urban design for an emerging era of global population decline; 18: From abandonment to urban qualities? Urban design strategies for shrinking cities in Germany and the US; 19: Designing the shrinking city; Part II.IV Large-scale development; 20: The design of large-scale redevelopment projects; 21: From town hall to town plan: the case of Byblos, Lebanon; Part II.V Gentrification and displacement 22: Inner-ring suburban retrofit and neighborhood change in the post-suburban era; 23: Unsmart outcomes of the smart city initiatives: displacement and peripheralization in Indian cities; Part II.VI Mimesis and simulacra; 24: Between simulation and authenticity: the question of urban remaking; 25: Glocalizing themed spaces: the creation of urban spaces in China, Asia, and other regions; 26: Travels in duplitecture; 27: Improvised urbanism in the design of India’s unauthorized colonies.
PART III: ASPIRATIONS; Part III.I Resilience and sustainability; 28: Pursuing resilient urban design: equitably merging green and gray strategies; 29: Reducing vulnerabilities through urban design: interventions for resilience in communities at risk; 30: Planning the risk city: emerging practices; 31: The potential of SITES for urban design; Part III.II Health; 32: Refocusing planning and design to maximize public health benefits; 33: A new health urbanism; 34: Complete and healthy streets; Part III.III Conservation/restoration; 35: Broadening heritage conservation through urban design: perspectives from Asia; 36: Heart of Shenzhen: the movement to preserve “Ancient” Hubei village; 37: Planning modernity in Kabul: urban design as developmental politics; Part III.IV Justice 38: Justice and urban design; 39: Toward transformative urban and spatial change: views from Jakarta; Part III.V Intelligence; 40: Tarzan vs. IBM: value paradigms of urban technologies; 41: Smart citizens, participatory urbanism, and the future of city design; 42: Designing the cities within emerging geographies: the work of Senseable City Lab; 43: Intelligence for place-making and social inclusion: critiques and alternatives to India’s Smart Cities Mission; Part III.VI Mobility and access; 44: Accessibility-oriented urban design; 45: Mobility, accessibility, and urban form; 46: Modernism, pedestrians, and public space: a century of North American street design; 47: Aerial mobility, transport infrastructure, and urban design in Asian cities; Part III.VII Arts and Culture 48: Designing the inclusive city: urban cultures, street arts, and public life; 49: Painting insurgent artscapes; 50: Urban design and public art on Instagram.
Tridib Banerjee holds the James Irvine Chair in Urban and Regional Planning at 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 four-volumed edited collection, 2014) is his most recent publication.
Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris is Professor of Urban Planning and Associate Provost for Academic Planning at UCLA. She is the author of multiple articles on urban design, coeditor of Jobs and Economic Development in Minority Communities (2006), Companion to Urban Design (2011), and Informal American City (2014), and coauthor of Urban Design Downtown (1998), Sidewalks (2009), and Transit-Oriented Displacement or Community Dividends? (2019).
"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