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The Routledge Handbook of Regional Design

ISBN 9780367258665
Published April 20, 2021 by Routledge
484 Pages 121 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Routledge Handbook of Regional Design explores contemporary research, policy, and practice that highlight critical aspects of strategy-making, planning, and designing for contemporary regions—including city regions, bioregions, delta regions, and their hybrids.

As accelerating urbanization and globalization combine with other forces such as the demand for increasing returns on investment capital, migration, and innovation, they yield cities that are expanding over ever-larger territories. Moreover, these polycentric city regions themselves are agglomerating with one another to create new territorial mega-regions. The processes that beget these novel regional forms produce numerous and significant effects, positive and negative, that call for new modes of design and management so that the urban places and the lives and well-being of their inhabitants and businesses thrive sustainably into the future.

With international case studies from leading scholars and practitioners, this book is an important resource not just for students, researchers, and practitioners of urban planning, but also policy makers, developers, architects, engineers, and anyone interested in the broader issues of urbanism.

Table of Contents


Gary Hack

Part I: Intellectual Underpinnings and Practices

Introduction. The Resurgence of Regional Design

Michael Neuman and Wil Zonneveld

Chapter 1. The Emergence of Regional Design: Recovering a Great Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning Tradition

Michael Neuman

Chapter 2. European History and Traditions: Revisiting the European Spatial Development Perspective

Andreas Faludi

Chapter 3. The Ecological Underpinnings of Regional Design

Frederick Steiner

Chapter 4. Contemporary Regional Design Theory

Verena Balz

Part II: City Region Case Studies

Chapter 5. Urban Policies and Strategies for Balanced Regional Development in Korea

Wang Geun Lee

Chapter 6. Japan’s Linear Megalopolis: Shinkansen High-speed Rail as the Spine of a 60-year Mega-region Evolution

Hitomi Nakanishi and Fumitaka Kurauchi

Chapter 7. Germany’s 'European Metropolitan Regions'

Stephanie Dühr

Chapter 8. Can Megalopolis Continue To Thrive? A Profile of the US Northeast Megaregion and Its Prospects

Robert Yaro

Chapter 9. The Texas Urban Triangle Megaregion

Michael Neuman

Chapter 10. Designing the New York Metropolitan Region

Tom Wright

Chapter 11. The Santiago de Chile Metropolitan System: Transformative Tensions and Contradictions Shaping Spatial Planning

Roberto Moris and Bill Siembieda

Chapter 12. Nairobi

Garth Myers

Chapter 13. Design and Governance For the Barcelona City Region

Antonio Font

Chapter 14. Regional Planning and Regional Design in Greater Paris

Anna Geppert and Xavier Desjardins

Chapter 15. Sydney: Evolution Towards a Tri-city Metropolitan Region and Beyond

Rob Freestone and Simon Pinnegar

Chapter 16. Who Designed Los Angeles? Nature, Profit, Policy, People

Tridib Banerjee

Part III: Hydraulic, Ecological, and Bioregional Design Case Studies

Chapter 17. The Dutch Deltametropolis

Lianne van Duinen

Chapter 18. The Regional Design of Green Infrastructure in the Pearl River Delta

Lei Qu and Dongjn Qi

Chapter 19. Regional Design Stepping into the Sea

Sue Kidd and David Shaw

Chapter 20. Bioregional Design: The Design Science of the Future

Pliny Fisk

Part IV: Education, Management, and Governance

Chapter 21. Interdisciplinary Pedagogies for Regional Development Challenges: The Re-coupling of Planning, Design and the Social Sciences

Lukas Gilliard, Remon Rooij, Nadia Alaily-Mattar, Wil Zonneveld, and Alan Thierstein

Chapter 22. Imagining the Region

Alfonso Vegara and Juan Luis de las Rivas

Chapter 23. Mapping for Regions

Wil Zonneveld

Chapter 24. The Complex Ecology of the City-Region

Willem Salet

Chapter 25. The Futures of Regional Design

Michael Neuman and Wil Zonneveld


Catherine L. Ross

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Michael Neuman is Professor of Sustainable Urbanism at the University of Westminster and Principal of the Michael Neuman Consultancy. He is the multi-award-winning author of numerous books, articles, chapters, reports, and plans that have been translated into ten languages. His research and practice span urbanism, planning, design, engineering, sustainability, infrastructure, and governance. He has advised mayors in Europe, the United States, and Australia, the Regional Plan Association of New York, the Barcelona Metropolitan Plan, and other governments and private clients around the world.

Wil Zonneveld is Full Professor of Urban and Regional Planning in the Department of Urbanism, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, TU Delft. The subject of his 1991 PhD thesis was the conceptualization of space and territory in Dutch regional and national planning. This subject has been addressed many times since then, extending analyses to include transnational and European levels of scale, with a strong emphasis on visualization and connections with governance capacity.


"This book brings together a diversity of chapters dealing with theoretical advances and practical innovations in the newly emerging field of regional design. These chapters cover an exceptionally broad international and thematic range of questions. As the editors and contributors argue, existing political administrations, from the local to the national, are ill-equipped to deal with the mounting problems of institutional and spatial design in the exploding city-regions, mega-regions and bio-regions of the contemporary world. The book offers many penetrating insights into these problems and offers much new thinking about critical issues of governance. It is destined to be widely read by academics, practitioners and students." 

Allen J. Scott, Distinguished Research Professor, University of California, Los Angeles

"At a time when societies all over the world face major challenges, planning and planners are urged to move beyond the local level. This timely and well-balanced book combines reflections on the foundation of regional design with carefully selected case studies and considerations for education and governance by leading thinkers and practitioners from around the globe."

Louis Albrechts, Emeritus Professor of Planning, KULeuven