Winner of the Regional Studies Association's Best Book Award 2018.
In the last few decades, many global cities and towns have experienced unprecedented economic, social, and spatial structural change. Today, we find ourselves at the juncture between entering a post-urban and a post-political world, both presenting new challenges to our metropolitan regions, municipalities, and cities. Many megacities, declining regions and towns are experiencing an increase in the number of complex problems regarding internal relationships, governance, and external connections. In particular, a growing disparity exists between citizens that are socially excluded within declining physical and economic realms and those situated in thriving geographic areas. This book conveys how forces of structural change shape the urban landscape.
In The Post-Urban World is divided into three main sections: Spatial Transformations and the New Geography of Cities and Regions; Urbanization, Knowledge Economies, and Social Structuration; and New Cultures in a Post-Political and Post-Resilient World. One important subject covered in this book, in addition to the spatial and economic forces that shape our regions, cities, and neighbourhoods, is the social, cultural, ecological, and psychological aspects which are also critically involved. Additionally, the urban transformation occurring throughout cities is thoroughly discussed. Written by today’s leading experts in urban studies, this book discusses subjects from different theoretical standpoints, as well as various methodological approaches and perspectives; this is alongside the challenges and new solutions for cities and regions in an interconnected world of global economies.
This book is aimed at both academic researchers interested in regional development, economic geography and urban studies, as well as practitioners and policy makers in urban development.
About the Author
Tigran Haas is Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Urban Design at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, and Director of the Centre for the Future of Places (CFP) at KTH.
Hans Westlund is Professor in Regional Planning at KTH, Stockholm, Sweden, and Professor in Entrepreneurship, Jönköping International Business School (JIBS), Sweden.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Hans Westlund & Tigran Haas: In the Post-Urban World
PART I: Spatial Transformations and New Geographies of Cities and Regions
1. Edward Glaeser – Urban Transformations and the Future of Cities
2. Richard Florida & Patrick Adler – The Divided City and the Patchwork Metropolis
3. Rahul Mehrotra & Felipe Vera – Ephemeral Urbanism: Looking at Extreme Temporalities
4. Michael Batty – Cities as Systems of Networks and Flows
5. Hans Westlund – Urban-Rural Relations in the Post-Urban World
6. Paul Knox – Reflexive Neoliberalism, Urban Design, and Regeneration Machines
7. Richard Sennett – The Open City
PART II: Urbanization, Knowledge Economies, and Social Structuration
8. Jessie P.H. Poon & Wei Yin - Brawn to Brain: Rustbelt, Southern and Southeastern Sunbelt Metropolitan Cities
9. Kaisa Snellman, Jennifer Silva, Carl Frederick & Robert Putnam - The Engagement Gap: Social Mobility and Extracurricular Participation among American Youth
10. Kyle Farrell & Tigran Haas – Rapid Urban Growth & The Future of Public Spaces: Shifting Agendas & A New Roadmap
11. Fulong Wu – Emerging Chinese Cities: Implications for Global Urban Studies
12. Karima Kourtit & Peter Nijkamp – Urban Facebooks as Digital Planning and Marketing Tools in the ‘New Urban World’
13. Edward Soja – Accentuate the Regional
14. Fran Tonkiss – Commodity or commons? Knowledge, inequality and the city
PART III: Emerging Cultures in a Post-political and Post-urban World
15. Laura Burkhalter & Manuel Castells –Towards a New Urban Paradigm
16. Saskia Sassen – Buying Pieces of Cities?
17. Susan Fainstein – Resilience and Justice
18. Emily Talen – Neighborhood Social Diversity and Metropolitan Segregation
19. Michael Neuman & Nadia Nur – Simplexity, Complicity and Emergent Collectivities: Informal Urbanism in Rome
20. Nina-Marie Lister – Resilience and Design: Post-Urban Landscape Infrastructure for the Anthropocene
21. Duncan McLaren & Julian Agyeman – Sharing Cities for a Smart and Sustainable Future