In The Post-Urban World

In The Post-Urban World : Emergent Transformation of Cities and Regions in the Innovative Global Economy

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Today, the world's cities face a range of challenges major spatial, economic, demographic, ecological, cultural and social challenges to the extent that a turning point has been reached. Widespread inequality and social exclusion on the one hand are opposed to a world where companies cluster and connect with start-ups, business incubators and accelerators on the other. Planning and policy have good experience in handling this new built environment, but the real challenge for this post-urban-political world is to contribute to improved wellbeing by building social capital that secures urban social cohesion but is also directly connected to the physical realm where the drive is towards a compact, transit-accessible, and technically-wired blend of mixed-use housing, office, and retail environments. Arguing from a range of different theoretical standpoints, methodological approaches and various perspectives, a stellar team of contributors, including some of the leading social scientists of the age, provide their take on the City of the coming more

Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 156 x 234mm
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 10 black & white illustrations, 10 black & white tables
  • 1138943924
  • 9781138943926

About Tigran Haas

Tigran Haas is Associate Professor in the Department of Urban Planning and Urban Design at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden Hans Westlund is Professor of Entrepreneurship at Jonkoping International Business School and Professor of Urban and Regional Studies at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Swedenshow more

Table of contents

Introduction: Emerging Challenges in the Post-Urban World (Hans Westlund and Tigran Haas) Part One: Spatial Transformations and the New Geography of Cities and Regions 1. Urban Transformations and The Future of Cities (Edward Glaeser) 2. The Divided City: Shape of the New Metropolis (Richard Florida) 3. Planning Challenges for Urbanism: The Kinetic City (Rahul Mehotra) 4. Cities in Space as System of Networks and Flows (Michael Batty) Part Two: Urbanization, Knowledge Economies and Social Structurations 5. Communities and Policy Making in the Wake of Peak Oil (Susan Christopherson) 6. The Growing Class Gap Amongst Urban Youth (Robert Putnam) 7. Urban Social Cohesion and Social Capital in Globalization (Hans Westlund) 8. Planning for Growth in China and for the Time Yet to Come (Fulong Wu) 9. Global Challenges and Local Response in the New Urban Europe (Peter Nijkamp) Part Three: Culture of Connectivity in the Post-Political and Post-Resilient World 10. Social Movements in the Digital Age of Globalization (Manuel Castells) 11. At the Systemic Edge: Expulsions and Exclusions (Saskia Sassen) 12. In Search of a Radical and Democratic Approach to Equality (Chantal Mouffe) 13. Beyond the "K-Society": Creative Cities and Creative Citizens (Ake E. Andersson) 14. New Condition of Future Sustainability Beyond Ecologism (William McDonough)show more

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"The editors claim that the difference between the 'urban' and 'non-urban' is increasingly blurred and new conceptions of poly-centric city regions are emerging, which are the themes of this important book. It offers innovative suggestions on how to enhance local resilience as well as examples of successful adaptation strategies. Internationally renowned authors have contributed essays on urban solutions and how to make cities more sustainable, resilient and socially inclusive. This book is an informative, comprehensive and up-to-date account which will be of considerable use to its readership. An important resource and I recommend it highly." -- Professor Steffen Lehmann, Director of the Cluster for Sustainable Cities and Professor of Sustainable Architecture, University of Portsmouth, UK "By providing an insight into the complexities of changes of cities’ internal spatial transformations and extensions to new types of city regions, on the one hand, and the global networks of these ‘post-metropolitan’ regions, on the other, this book offers an elegant and stimulating analysis of a new urban paradigm arising nowadays, called a post-urban world." -- Roberta Capello, Professor of Regional Economics at Politecnico of Milan, Italy "This book represents not only an impressive collection of long-awaited statements on post-urban cities by world leading thinkers in the most vibrant field of regional studies, but also a major contribution to post urban policy discourses for policy makers in global knowledge society. The post-urban dynamisms, most typically characterized by re-urbanization, densification of city regions, region enlargement, downgrading of intracity relations and upgrading intercity communications, are expressions of the dissolution of conventional frames of references on urban development: the urban-rural dichotomy and the urban-suburban dichotomy. The message is really striking and innovative. Focusing on the transformation of cities, each chapter addresses the basic features of the emerging post-urban world and policy implications for future. This book will appeal to academics in the fields of regional studies, economics, geography, sociology and engineering. It will also be of interest to policymakers and professionals in the fields of urban development and regional policies on different spatial scales." Professor Kiyoshi Kobayashi, Graduate School of Management, Kyoto University, Japanshow more