As a vital human need water has been absolutely critical to decisions as to where cities originate, how much they grow and the standard of living of the inhabitants. The relationship is complex however; we both need continual availability and protection from its potential impacts: either too much or too little can have devastating consequences.
Yet over recent decades flooding and scarcity episodes have become commonplace in even the most advanced countries. Moreover, future projections of changing climates, burgeoning populations and escalating urbanization has created an intense need for intervention measures that are appropriate to this uncertain context. A gradual recognition of the difficulties in managing these risks has turned the focus towards people and places; key tenets of spatial planning. Indeed, flooding and scarcity events cannot be disassociated from the socio-economic context within which they occur; being directly related to how we live, where we live and how we govern.
Iain White's book initially draws together information on a host of connected subjects from population growth to water scarcity to the relationship between humanity and nature before demonstrating how utilizing notions of risk and resilience could help improve the relationship between the city and its most precious resource. Part of the successful Natural and Built Environment series, this book combines discussions of risk, water and spatial planning to provide an invaluable text for planning, geography and urban studies students on how to address urban water problems within a rapidly changing world.
About the Author
Iain White is a qualified Town Planner, a Chartered Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and a Lecturer in Spatial Planning at the University of Manchester. His main research interest lies in exploring issues surrounding water and the built environment.
Table of Contents
Section 1: The Past, Present and Future Context 1. Nature, Climate and Hazard 2. Drivers for Change Section 2: The Problems of Water in the City 3. Too Much Water in the City 4. Too Little Water in the City Section 3: Towards A Conceptual Framework 5. Risk, Resilience and Spatial Planning 6. Principles of Intervention Section 4: Planning for a Sustainable Future 7. Hazard and Resilience in the City 8. Exposure and Resilience in the City 9. Vulnerability and Resilience in the City 10. Towards a more Sustainable City Bibliography