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Urban Planet

Urban Planet
Knowledge towards Sustainable Cities

Susan Parnell, Thomas Elmqvist, Timon McPhearson, Harini Nagendra, Sverker Sörlin, Dagmar Haase, Burak Güneralp, Bharat Dahiya, Xuemei Bai, Marina Alberti, Andrew Gonzalez, Abel Chávez, Chris Kennedy, Bin Chen, Marian Chertow, Tim Baynes, Shaoqing Chen, Patricia Romero-Lankao, Olga Wilhelmi, Mikhail Chester, Franz W. Gatzweiler, Jo Ivey Boufford, Anna Pomykala, Michael Cohen, Lena Simet, David Simon, Corrie Griffith, David Gómez-Álvarez, Eduardo López-Moreno, Andrew Rudd, Eugénie L. Birch, Aromar Revi, Sandra Naumann, McKenna Davis, Michele Lee-Moore, Kes McCormick, Ulrich Mans, Sarah Giest, Thomas Baar, Karen MacClune, Kanmani Venkateswaran, Bolanle Wahab, Sascha Petersen, Nivedita Mani, Bijay Kumar Singh, Ajay Singh, Niki Frantzeskaki, Adina Dumitru, Julia Wittmayer, Flor Avelino, Michele-Lee Moore, Sarah Burch, Sara Hughes, Paty Romero-Lankao, Heike Schroeder, Laura M. Pereira, Elena Bennett, Reinette (Oonsie) Biggs, Garry Peterson, Albert Norström, Per Olsson, Rika Preiser, Ciara Raudsepp-Hearne, Joost Vervoort, Mahim Maher, Robert McDonald, Debra Roberts, Andrew Grant, Cecilia Herzog, Gurbir Singh, Cristina Rumbaitis del Rio, Pengfei Xie, Takeshi Takama, Anna Dietzsch, Oliver Hillel, Manuela Gervasi, Keitaro Ito, Radhika Kholsa, Todd Lester, Andrew Revkin, Richard Friend, Emma Arnold, Huda Shaka, David Satterthwaite, Anjali Mahendra, Victoria Beard, Lorena Zarate, Mary Rowe, Gora Mboup, Mary Miss, Amollo Ambole, Kate Scherer, Umamah Masum, Paul Downton, Kareem Buyana, Lesley Lokko, Thomas Tang, Diana Wiesner, Reyhaneh Vahidian, Troy Pickard, Pranab K. Das, Rebecca Salminen Witt, Moira Millan
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  • Date Published: April 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107196933

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  • Global urbanization promises better services, stronger economies, and more connections; it also carries risks and unforeseeable consequences. To deepen our understanding of this complex process and its importance for global sustainability, we need to build interdisciplinary knowledge around a systems approach. Urban Planet takes an integrative look at our urban environment, bringing together scholars from a diverse range of disciplines: from sociology and political science to evolutionary biology, geography, economics and engineering. It includes the perspectives of often neglected voices: architects, journalists, artists and activists. The book provides a much needed cross-scale perspective, connecting challenges and solutions on a local scale with drivers and policy frameworks on a regional and global scale. The authors argue that to overcome the major challenges we are facing, we must embark on a large-scale reinvention of how we live together, grounded in inclusiveness and sustainability. This title is also available Open Access.

    • Brings together voices from a wide range of disciplines, helping readers build interdisciplinary approaches to the challenges of global urbanization
    • Connects challenges and solutions on a local scale with wider scale drivers and policy frameworks, giving readers a much needed cross-scale perspective
    • This title is also available as Open Access
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    'The fast-paced urbanization of the world significantly alters our attitudes towards space, particularly the ways we comprehend and organize them. This development is unprecedented in our recent history and calls for global reflections aiming at enlightening and supporting the implementation of local policies. Such is the ambition of Urban Planet book. To overcome the major challenges we are facing - particularly the ones dealing with climate and resilience - cities, such as Paris and many other cities around the globe, must understand and embrace their own complexity, so as to harness complexity to better serve the well-being of their citizens. It is by empowering the collective intelligence and sharing knowledge, that our cities will reinvent ways of living together, grounded in inclusiveness and the daily practice of democracy.' Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris

    'The authors of Urban Planet make [the] journey to the city more legible, highlighting the hopes and hindrances its brings, and the need for a parallel evolution of our science and systems if we are to reap the rewards of the great urban trek that we are now on.' Greg Clark, CBE, Urban Innovation Centre, London

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    • Date Published: April 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107196933
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 29 mm
    • weight: 1.014kg
    • contains: 3 b/w illus. 65 colour illus. 8 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    Part I. Dynamic Urban Planet:
    1. Global urbanization: perspectives and trends
    2. Embracing urban complexity
    3. Understanding, implementing, and tracking urban metabolism is key to urban futures
    4. Live with risk while reducing vulnerability
    5. Harness urban complexity for health and wellbeing
    6. Macro-economy and urban productivity
    Part II. Global Urban Sustainable development:
    7. Rethinking urban sustainability and resilience
    8. Indicators for measuring urban sustainable development and resilience
    9. The UN, the urban sustainable development goal and the new urban agenda
    10. Utilizing urban living laboratories for social innovation
    11. Can big data make a difference for urban management?
    12. Collaborative and equitable urban citizen science
    Part III. Urban Transformations to Sustainability:
    13. Sustainability transformation emerging from better governance
    14. To transform cities, support civil society
    15. Governance and the new politics of collaboration and contestation
    16. Seeds of the future, found in the present
    Part IV. Provocations from Practice:
    17. Sustainability, Karachi, and other irreconcilables
    18. What knowledge do the cities themselves need?
    19. Banksy and the biologist: redrawing the twenty-first century city
    20. Every community needs a forest of imagination
    21. How can we shift from a imaged-based city to a life-based city?
    22. A chimera called smart cities
    23. Beyond fill-in-the-blank cities
    24. Persuading policy makers to implement sustainable city plans
    25. To live or not to live: urbanisation and the knowledge worker
    26. City fragmentation and the commons
    27. Cities as global organisms
    28. From concrete structures to green diversity: ecological landscape design for restoring urban nature and children's play
    29. Building cities: a view from India
    30. The barking dog syndrome
    31. Overcoming inertia and reinventing 'retreat'
    32. Money for old rope
    33. An aesthetic appreciation of tagging
    34. Understanding Arab cities
    35. Who can implement the sustainable development goals?
    36. Achieving sustainable cities by focusing on urban underserved
    37. The rebellion of memory
    38. Cities don't need 'big' data – they need innovations that connect to the local
    39. Digital urbanisation and the end of big cities
    40. The art of engagement / activating curiosity
    41. Nairobi's illegal city makers
    42. Active environmental citizens with receptive government officials can enact change
    43. The sea wall
    44. Academics and non-academics: who's who in changing the culture of knowledge creation?
    45. Private fears in public spaces
    46. Leadership: science and policy as uncomfortable bedfellows
    47. Sketches of an emotional geography towards a new citizenship
    48. The shift in urban technology innovation
    49. Greening cities: our pressing moral imperative
    50. Recognition deficit and struggle for unifying city fragments
    51. Disrespecting the knowledge of place
    52. Broadening our vision to find a new eco-spiritual way of living.

  • Editors

    Thomas Elmqvist, Stockholm Resilience Centre
    Thomas Elmqvist is a Professor in Natural Resource Management at Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University, Sweden.

    Xuemei Bai, Australian National University, Canberra
    Xuemei Bai is a Professor of Urban Environment and Human Ecology at Fenner School of Environment and Society at the Australian National University.

    Niki Frantzeskaki, Erasmus University, The Netherlands
    Niki Frantzeskaki is Associate Professor of Sustainability Transitions Governance at the Dutch Research Institute for Transitions (DRIFT) at Erasmus University, The Netherlands.

    Corrie Griffith, Arizona State University
    Corrie Griffith is Program Manager of the Global Consortium for Sustainability Outcomes at Arizona State University.

    David Maddox, The Nature of Cities
    David Maddox is the founder and Executive Director of 'The Nature of Cities', a transdisciplinary essay site with more than 600 writers from around the world, from scientists to civil society, designers to artists.

    Timon McPhearson, New School University, New York
    Timon McPhearson is Associate Professor of Urban Ecology and Director of the Urban Systems Lab at the New School University, New York, and a Research Fellow at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies and Stockholm Resilience Centre, Sweden.

    Susan Parnell, University of Cape Town
    Susan Parnell is Professor of Urban Geography and co-founder of the African Centre for Cities at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and Visiting Professor at LSECities.

    Patricia Romero-Lankao, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado
    Patricia Romero-Lankao is Senior Research Scientist at the US National Center for Atmospheric Research based in Colorado, where she is currently leading the 'Urban Futures' initiative.

    David Simon, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenberg
    David Simon is Director of Mistra Urban Futures at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, and Professor of Development Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London.

    Mark Watkins, Arizona State University
    Mark Watkins is Program Manager for the Central Arizona-Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research Program (CAP LTER), part of the US LTER network.

    Contributors

    Susan Parnell, Thomas Elmqvist, Timon McPhearson, Harini Nagendra, Sverker Sörlin, Dagmar Haase, Burak Güneralp, Bharat Dahiya, Xuemei Bai, Marina Alberti, Andrew Gonzalez, Abel Chávez, Chris Kennedy, Bin Chen, Marian Chertow, Tim Baynes, Shaoqing Chen, Patricia Romero-Lankao, Olga Wilhelmi, Mikhail Chester, Franz W. Gatzweiler, Jo Ivey Boufford, Anna Pomykala, Michael Cohen, Lena Simet, David Simon, Corrie Griffith, David Gómez-Álvarez, Eduardo López-Moreno, Andrew Rudd, Eugénie L. Birch, Aromar Revi, Sandra Naumann, McKenna Davis, Michele Lee-Moore, Kes McCormick, Ulrich Mans, Sarah Giest, Thomas Baar, Karen MacClune, Kanmani Venkateswaran, Bolanle Wahab, Sascha Petersen, Nivedita Mani, Bijay Kumar Singh, Ajay Singh, Niki Frantzeskaki, Adina Dumitru, Julia Wittmayer, Flor Avelino, Michele-Lee Moore, Sarah Burch, Sara Hughes, Paty Romero-Lankao, Heike Schroeder, Laura M. Pereira, Elena Bennett, Reinette (Oonsie) Biggs, Garry Peterson, Albert Norström, Per Olsson, Rika Preiser, Ciara Raudsepp-Hearne, Joost Vervoort, Mahim Maher, Robert McDonald, Debra Roberts, Andrew Grant, Cecilia Herzog, Gurbir Singh, Cristina Rumbaitis del Rio, Pengfei Xie, Takeshi Takama, Anna Dietzsch, Oliver Hillel, Manuela Gervasi, Keitaro Ito, Radhika Kholsa, Todd Lester, Andrew Revkin, Richard Friend, Emma Arnold, Huda Shaka, David Satterthwaite, Anjali Mahendra, Victoria Beard, Lorena Zarate, Mary Rowe, Gora Mboup, Mary Miss, Amollo Ambole, Kate Scherer, Umamah Masum, Paul Downton, Kareem Buyana, Lesley Lokko, Thomas Tang, Diana Wiesner, Reyhaneh Vahidian, Troy Pickard, Pranab K. Das, Rebecca Salminen Witt, Moira Millan

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