1st Edition

Urban Planning for Climate Change

By Barbara Norman Copyright 2022
    196 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    196 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    This book tackles the future challenges and opportunities for planning our cities and towns in a changing climate and recommends key actions for more resilient urban futures.

    Urban Planning for Climate Change focusses on how urban planning is fundamental to action on climate change. In doing so it particularly looks at current practice and opportunities for innovation and capacity building in the future - carbon neutral development, building back better and creating more resilient urban settlements around the world. The complex challenge of possible urban resettlement from the impact of climate change is covered as a special issue bringing a focus on adaptation, working with nature and delivering real action on climate change with local communities. Norman recommends ten essential actions for urban planning for climate change along with some suggestions to inspire the next generations to embrace these opportunities with creativity and innovation.

    Featuring key messages and implications for practice in each chapter, this book will be of great interest to students, scholars, practitioners and communities involved in planning more climate resilient urban and regional futures.

    Table of Contents List of figures List of tables Preface Acknowledgements List of abbreviations 1. Introduction 2. Planning for Climate Change: Challenges Present and Future 3. Urban planning for climate risks: coastal inundation, wildfire, extreme heat and floods 4. Climate induced resettlements: options for the future 5. Climate sensitive towns: key considerations for the future 6. Urban planning for climate change: key actions 7. Planning a liveable climate urban future Appendix 1 list of interviewees Index


    Barbara Norman is Emeritus Professor of Urban & Regional Planning at the University of Canberra and a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University, Australia. She is also Director Urban Climate Change Research Network Oceania Hub (Columbia University, USA), Co-chair Planners for Climate Action (UN Habitat) and Vice Chair, Director, Australian Coastal Society. Professor Norman is a global expert in sustainable cities and regions, smart infrastructure, coastal planning, climate change adaptation and urban governance. Professor Norman’s has a combined professional and academic background as a former national president of the Planning Institute of Australia, and an honoraray member of the Royal Town Planning Instutue (UK). Recent international research includes Sustainable Pathways for our Cities and Regions: planning within planetary boundaries (Routledge, 2018); Are autonomous cities our urban future? Comment in Nature Communications (Nature Communications, 2018) and Apocalypse Now: Australian Bushfires and the future of Urban Settlements (Nature Urban Sustainability). Professor Norman’s new book is Urban Planning for Climate Change (Routledge, October 2022).