Bildtext får vara max två rader text. Hela texten ska högerjusteras om den bara ska innehålla fotobyline! Photo: B. Christensen/Azote
There is a general consensus that we live on an increasingly urban planet but ideas on how to make it sustainable, liveable, and just still differ. A new open access book published by Cambridge have collected a wide variety of ideas and practices that grapple with the conceptual and operational challenges of sustainable urban development. The book, Urban Planet: Knowledge towards sustainable cities, is edited by centre researcher Thomas Elmqvist.
The book presents perspectives from an unusually wide range of academic disciplines as well as contributions from more than 30 architects journalists, artists, designers, activists and youth, giving a diversity of often neglected voices and perspectives. The rationale is that an interdisciplinary approach and co-production of new knowledge are needed to address the new complexity of the Anthropocene.
“There are sometimes drastically different perspectives between practitioners and academics. We need to pursue more universal and scalable patterns and processes that can be used in both the global north and global south,” says Thomas Elmqvist.
He believes that for us to succeed with an urban sustainable transformation, we must actively engage the many and diverse individuals and stakeholders and actors that play a role in this process, from city officials and private and civil-society actors, to the people who live in the cities. That includes including more voices from cities of the global south.
“This book is unique because it connects challenges and solutions at the local scale with drivers and policy frameworks at the regional and global scale," Elmqvist says.
Read more about the book here
Research news | 2018-05-21
Four cases of participatory foresight exercises show impact is not a given. Here’s how to fix it
Research news | 2018-05-17
Applying Elinor Ostrom’s principles on common pool resources management demonstrates how forest management in the Pamir Mountains may not be so tragic after all. But Soviet era legacy lingers, new research shows
Research news | 2018-05-14
To create change in coastal districts of Kenya and Mozambique, dominant narratives must be challenged by stories rooted in people’s lived experiences
Research news | 2018-04-26
Construction of roads and water channels across Colombia’s Ciénaga Grande de Santa Marta wetlands has altered the landscape to the point of surpassing mangrove ecosystem tipping points
Research news | 2018-04-26
Over 100 scientists, architects, journalists, artists, designers and activists provide perspectives on what future urban sustainability should look like
Research news | 2018-04-19
New study of UNESCO biosphere reserves sheds light on how people learn to live with social-ecological complexity