1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of People and Place in the 21st-Century City

Edited By Kate Bishop, Nancy Marshall Copyright 2020
    332 Pages 62 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    332 Pages 62 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Increasing urbanization and increasing urban density put enormous pressure on the relationships between people and place in cities. Built environment professionals must pay attention to the impact of people–place relationships in small- to large-scale urban initiatives. A small playground in a neighborhood pocket park is an example of a small-scale urban development; a national environmental policy that influences energy sources is an example of a large-scale initiative. All scales of decision-making have implications for the people–place relationships present in cities. This book presents new research in contemporary, interdisciplinary urban challenges, and opportunities, and aims to keep the people–place relationship debate in focus in the policies and practices of built environment professionals and city managers. Most urban planning and design decisions, even those on a small scale, will remain in the urban built form for many decades, conditioning people’s experience of their city. It is important that these decisions are made using the best available knowledge.

    This book contains an interdisciplinary discussion of contemporary urban movements and issues influencing the relationship between people and place in urban environments around the world which have major implications for both the processes and products of urban planning, design, and management. The main purpose of the book is to consolidate contemporary thinking among experts from a range of disciplines including anthropology, environmental psychology, cultural geography, urban design and planning, architecture and landscape architecture, and the arts, on how to conceptualize and promote healthy people and place relationships in the 21st-century city. Within each of the chapters, the authors focus on their specific areas of expertise which enable readers to understand key issues for urban environments, urban populations, and the links between them.

    List of Contributors

    The Power of Cities on People-Place Relationships
    Kate Bishop & Nancy Marshall

    Section 1: Vibrant Cities

    1. Self-conscious and unselfconscious placemaking in the city
    2. Emeritus Professor Jon Lang, University of NSW, Sydney

    3. Using places / exchanging places
    4. Dr Kate Shaw, University of Melbourne, Australia

    5. Festival Bodies: The Role of the Senses and Feelings in Place-Making Practices
    6. Dr Michelle Duffy, University of Newcastle, Australia

    7. A Sound Understanding of Healthy Cities
    8. A/Professor Nancy Marshall, University of NSW, Sydney

      Rachel Cogger, University of NSW, Sydney

    9. Art, communities and housing form: A practitioner’s perspective
    10. Marla Guppy, Principal, Guppy & Associates, Sydney

      Section 2: Diverse Cities

    11. Pushing diversity beyond recognition
    12. Emeritus Professor Ruth Fincher, University of Melbourne

    13. Diversity in density: Encouraging participation in higher density living
    14. A/Professor Hazel Easthope, City Futures Research Centre, University of NSW, Sydney

      Dr Edgar Liu, City Futures Research Centre, University of NSW, Sydney

      Dr Christina Ho, University of Technology, Sydney

      Caitlin Buckle, City Futures Research Centre, University of NSW, Sydney

    15. Knowing their place: Children, young people and cities
    16. Dr Kate Bishop University of NSW, Sydney

      Dr Fatemeh Aminpour, University of NSW, Sydney

    17. Exercise space planning and design for an aging society: A case study of space, exercise behaviour and cognitive function of older women in Taiwan
    18. A/Professor Tzuyuan Chao, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan

      Yun Chou, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan

    19. Culture, citizenship and the practice of place-making
    20. A/Professor Michael Rios, University of California, Davis

      Section 3: Equitable Cities

    21. The Experience of place and displacement in the 21st century city
    22. A/Professor Lynne Manzo, University of Washington

    23. Propositions for more just urban public spaces
    24. Professor Setha Low, City University of New York

      Associate Professor Kurt Iveson, University of Sydney, Australia

    25. Place-based activism: Out of the frying pan of citizen disengagement or into the fire of territorial localism?
    26. Dr Ryan van den Nouwelant, City Futures Research Centre, University of NSW, Sydney

    27. Morphing paradise ideology, culture and planning in Bali
    28. Dr Gusti Ayu Made Suartika, Udayana University Bali

    29. Consuming heritage or the end of tradition: Challenges in the transition from vernacularism to globalization
    30. Professor Emeritus Nezar AlSayyad, UC Berkeley, USA

      Section 4: Smart Cities

    31. The technological infrastructure of place
    32. Professor Mitchell Schwarzer, California College of the Arts, USA

    33. Socio-ecological dimensions: People, place and technology
    34. Associate Professor Deni Ruggeri, Norwegian University of Life Science, Norway

      Anna Szilagy-Nagy, LE:NOTRE Institute

    35. Overcrowding and domestic use of public space
    36. Dr Christian Tietz, University of NSW, Sydney

    37. Tel Aviv: Making place through technology
    38. Dr Christine Steinmetz, University of NSW, Sydney

      Hila Oren, The Tel Aviv Foundation, Israel

    39. Web 2.0 social media: Supporting people-place relationships
    40. Associate Professor Nancy Marshall, University of NSW, Sydney

      Dr Homa Rahmat, University of NSW, Sydney

      Section 5: Resilient Cities

    41. Place Attachment, well-being and resilience
    42. Dr Leila Scannell, University of British Columbia, Canada

      LiQin Tan, University of Victoria, Canada

      Professor Robin Cox, Royal Roads University, Canada

      Professor Robert Gifford, University of Victoria, Canada

    43. Putting people first in place-based urban post-disaster recovery
    44. Professor David Sanderson, University of NSW, Sydney

    45. Rebuilding after disaster: People, processes and five per cent technology
    46. Dr Anshu Sharma, Safer World, India

    47. Making place by making things again? How artisanal makers are reshaping place in post-industrial Detroit and Newcastle
    48. Dr Laura Crommelin, City Futures Research Centre, University of NSW, Sydney

    49. Resilience in a warming climate: Public place-making for health and wellbeing in hot cities
    50. Dr Louise McKenzie, University of NSW, Sydney

      Professor Susan Thompson, University of NSW, Sydney

    51. Urban Greenspace: Places supporting urban resilience

    Professor Linda Corkery, University of NSW, Sydney

    Meeting the demands for change, adaptation and innovation in 21st Century cities
    Nancy Marshall & Kate Bishop


    Kate Bishop is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Built Environment at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney, Australia. Her background in environment-behavior research underpins her teaching and research, and her particular area of interest is children, youth, and environments. She specializes in the research and design of environments for children with special needs; pediatric facilities; and participatory methodologies with children and young people. Kate worked in the private industry and government before completing her PhD and becoming an academic.

    Nancy Marshall is an Associate Professor in the City Planning Program at UNSW in Sydney, Australia, where she was the Associate Dean/Education from 2009 to 2013 and won the UNSW Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence. Her research focuses on people and place, with a particular focus on plazas, parks, and smart cities. Her recent book is co-authored with Jon Lang and entitled Urban Squares as Places, Links and Displays (2017). Nancy worked as an urban planner in Canada for 15 years before completing her PhD and becoming an academic.

    "This handbook is a really remarkable multidisciplinary and international survey of the complex ways in which cities serve as critical arenas for struggles of belonging, social justice and resilience. I also read it as an invaluable guidebook to the diverse, essential yet elusive importance of place and placemaking for resolving these struggles as cities continue to grow and change in unprecedented ways." –Edward Relph, Emeritus Professor, University of Toronto, Canada