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One of the major challenges of urban development has been reconciling the way cities develop with the mounting evidence of resource depletion and the negative environmental impacts of predominantly urban-based modes of production and consumption. This book aims to re-politicise the relationship between urban development, sustainability and justice, and to explore the tensions emerging under real circumstances, as well as their potential for transformative change.
For some, cities are the root of all that is unsustainable, while for others cities provide unique opportunities for sustainability-oriented innovations that address equity and ecological challenges. This book is rooted in the latter category, but recognises that if cities continue to evolve along current trajectories they will be where the large bulk of the most unsustainable and inequitable human activities are concentrated. By drawing on a range of case studies from both the global South and global North, this book is unique in its aim to develop an integrated social-ecological perspective on the challenge of sustainable urban development. Through the interdisciplinary and original research of a new generation of urban researchers across the global South and North, this book addresses old debates in new ways and raises new questions about sustainable urban development. .
Table of Contents
- Trajectories of change in the urban Anthropocene 1. Towards sustainable urban infrastructures for the urban Anthropocene Mark Swilling 2. Sustainable flows between Kolkata and its peri-urban interface: challenges and opportunities Jenia Mukherjee 3. On being a smart about cities: seven considerations for a new urban planning and design Maarten A. Hajer 4. Is big sustainable? Global comparison of city emissions Dominik Reusser, Anna-Lena Winz and Diego Rybski 5. Urban-scale food system governance: an alternative response to the dominant paradigm? Gareth Haysom II. The untamed everyday 6. Lost in translation: social protection and the search for security in Bogotá, Colombia Andrea Lampis 7. Potentials of the urban poor in shaping a sustainable Lagos metropolis Taibat Lawanson 8. Sustainability of what? The struggles of poor Mayan households with young breadwinners towards a better life in the peri-urban area of Merida, Yucatan, Mexico Mauricio Dominguez Aguilar and Jorge Pacheco Castro 9. Local governance, climate risk and everyday vulnerability in Dar es Salaam Chipo Plaxedes Mubaya, Patience Mutopo and Mzime Ndebele-Murisa 10. Accra’s unregulated market-oriented sanitation strategy: problems and opportunity John Harris III. Disrupting hegemonic planning 11. Walking the path to urban sustainability: what is still missing in current urban planning models? Natalie Rosales 12. Are you really listening to me? Planning with the community in urban revitalization projects Mintesnot Woldeamanuel and Jose Palma 13. Sustainable urban development: a Georgist perspective Franklin Obeng-Odoom 14. Beyond an imaginary of power? Governance, supranational organizations and ‘just’ urbanization Philip Lawton IV. Liberating alternatives 15. Ne
Adriana Allen is Professor of Development Planning and Urban Sustainability at The Bartlett Development Planning Unit (DPU), University College London, UK.
Andrea Lampis is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Colombia.
Mark Swilling is Programme Coordinator: Sustainable Development in the School of Public Leadership, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa and Academic Director of the Sustainability Institute, South Africa.