This ground breaking volume raises radical critiques and proposes innovative solutions for social sustainability in the built environment. Urban Social Sustainability provides an in-depth insight into the discourse and argues that every urban intervention has a social sustainability dimension that needs to be taken into consideration, and incorporated into a comprehensive and cohesive ‘urban agenda’ that is built on three principles of recognition, integration, and monitoring. This should be achieved through a dialogical and reflexive process of decision-making. To achieve sustainable communities, social sustainability should form the basis of a constructive dialogue and be interlinked with other areas of sustainable development. This book underlines the urgency of approaching social sustainability as an urban agenda and goes on to make suggestions about its formulation.
Urban Social Sustainability consists of original contributions from academics and experts within the field and explores the significance of social sustainability from different perspectives. Areas covered include urban policy, transportation and mobility, urban space and architectural form, housing, urban heritage, neighbourhood development, and urban governance. Drawing on case studies from a number of countries and world regions the book presents a multifaceted and interdisciplinary understanding from social sustainability in urban settings, and provides practitioners and policy makers with innovative recommendations to achieve more socially sustainable urban environment.
1. Social Sustainability Discourse: A Critical Revisit (M. Reza Shirazi, Ramin Keivani)
2. Social sustainability: Politics and Democracy in a Times of Crisis (Mark Davidson)
3. Urban Social Sustainability Policies in The Nordic Region – A Repackaging of the Welfare State Model? (Moa Tunström)
4. Social Sustainability and Transport: Making ‘Smart Mobility’ Socially Sustainable (Tanu Priya Uteng, Yamini Jain Singh and Oddrun Helen Hagen)
5. Social Sustainability and Urban Heritage: The Challenge of Conserving Physical Places and Sustaining Cultural Traces (Chris Landorf)
6. Spatiality of Social Sustainability: Social Activity and Neighbourhood Space (M. Reza Shirazi, Ramin Keivani)
7. The Social Effects of Architecture: Built Form and Social Sustainability (Vinicius M. Netto, Júlio Celso Vargas, Renato T. de Saboya)
8. Social Sustainability in Eco-urban Neighbourhoods: Revisiting the Nordic Model (Meg Holden, Annika Airas, Majken Toftager Larsen)
9. Social Sustainability and New Neighbourhoods: Case Studies from Spain and Germany (Iqbal Hamiduddin, Marco Adelfio)
10. Social Sustainability and Collaborative Housing: Lessons from an international comparative study (Richard Lang)
11. Social Sustainability as an Urban Agenda: Towards a Comprehensive Image (M. Reza Shirazi, Ramin Keivani)
"Urban Social Sustainability is a valuable compilation of essays, many drawing on primary case-study research, that develop and discuss differing theories of social sustainability and their application to urban policy and practice. They are usefully introduced and drawn together in the opening and closing chapters by the editors, Reza Shirazi and Ramin Keivani. This critical and analytical book is of great value to scholars and urban policy-makers alike."
Patrick Wakely, Professor Emeritus of Urban Development, University of London. (formerly Director, Development Planning Unit (DPU), University College London UCL).
"This timely and significant book adds considerably to our knowledge over a wide range of issues. There is a wealth of information ranging from large issues of politics, welfare and culture to a focus on transport, neighbourhoods and housing. The many strands are neatly pulled together in a final chapter. This is essential reading towards our understanding of social sustainability."
Prof. Mike Jenks, Professor Emeritus, Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development, Oxford Brookes University.
"The social aspects of successful urbanism are regularly under-played. This book gives social sustainability the attention it deserves. While the social sustainability discourse can seem overly platitudinous, this book does a good job of positioning the debate in accessible terms, which will ultimately transfer to more fruitful policy-making and more progress on advancing the causes of social diversity, equity, and justice."
Emily Talen, Phd, Professor of Urbanism, University of Chicago