1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Regional Design

Edited By Michael Neuman, Wil Zonneveld Copyright 2021
    484 Pages 121 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.


    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


    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

    "Michael Neuman and Wil Zonneveld’s Routledge Handbook of Regional Design provides a timely response to set the intellectual agenda for regional planning. This handbook is long overdue … very interesting and informative. The coverage of cases across different countries and continents does provide a rich source of reference and showcases the contemporary landscape of regional design. "

    Cecilia Wong, University of Manchester

    "If you are interested in all things regional, spatial, planning, and governance then this is a book for you… the Handbook excels … important … distinctive contribution"

    John Harrison, Loughborough University:

    "Expands traditional understandings of ‘design’ in new directions fascinating chapters, providing concise [case study] histories."

    Stephen Wheeler, University of California at Davis

    "Offers a wealth of well-documented case histories [plus] an inspiring diversity of special topics on how to understand certain qualities of the region and its governance [that] informs today’s integral policy-making."

    Terry van Dijk, University of Groningen

    "Michael Neuman’s seminal 2000 article [Chapter 1] initiated a surge of interest in what he has called regional design... a sweeping view... Neuman and Zonnefeld deserve praise for their latest entry in this long history."

    Michael Teitz, University of California at Berkeley