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  1. Brand-Driven City Building and the Virtualizing of Space

    By Alexander Gutzmer

    Series: Routledge Research in Planning and Urban Design

    This book is an investigation of the cultural phenomenon of branding and its transformational effects on the contemporary spatial – and urban – reality. It develops a novel understanding of the rationale behind the construction of large-scale architectural complexes that relate to corporate brands,...

    Published July 4th 2013 by Routledge

  2. Risk

    Edited by Ragnar Lofstedt, Frederic Bouder

    Series: Critical Concepts in the Social Sciences

    Can we better predict or mitigate the consequences of natural disasters, such as earthquakes and hurricanes? Can we reduce the number of oil spills? And what should be done to clean up the mess when something does goes wrong? Why are people concerned about nuclear plants, but so reckless when they...

    Published June 24th 2013 by Routledge

  3. Development Organizations

    By Rebecca Schaaf

    Series: Routledge Perspectives on Development

    Continuing debates over the meaning of development and awareness of the persistence of poverty have resulted in increasing concern over how to ‘do’ development. There are growing numbers of development organizations, undertaking different activities, at different scales, with different motivations,...

    Published May 16th 2013 by Routledge

  4. Critical Mobilities

    Edited by Ola Soderstrom, Didier Ruedin, Shalini Randeria, Gianni D'Amato, Francesco Panese

    The field of mobility studies examines social phenomena through the lens of movement. In this perspective, societies are regarded as being constantly reconfigured as they are shaped by a series of mobile entities (capital, people, information). This book engages critically with many of the claims...

    Published February 28th 2013 by Routledge

  5. Urban Regeneration in the UK

    2nd Edition

    By Andrew Tallon

    Striking transformations are taking place in the urban landscape. The regeneration of urban areas in the UK and around the world has become an increasingly important issue amongst governments and populations since the global economic downturn. This textbook provides an accessible and critical...

    Published April 28th 2013 by Routledge

  6. Sustainable Communities

    Creating a Durable Local Economy

    By Rhonda Phillips, Bruce Seifer, Ed Antczak

    Series: Earthscan Tools for Community Planning

    What is a durable economy? It is one that not only survives but thrives. How is it created, and what does it take to sustain over time? Sustainable Communities provides insight and answers to these questions. Citing Burlington, Vermont's remarkable rise to award-winning status, this book explores...

    Published August 8th 2013 by Routledge

  7. Dialogues in Urban and Regional Planning

    Volume 5

    Edited by Michael Hibbard, Robert Freestone, Tore Øivin Sager

    Series: Dialogues in Urban and Regional Planning

    Dialogues in Urban and Regional Planning 5 is a selection of some of the best scholarship in urban and regional planning from around the world. The internationally recognized authors of these award-winning papers take up a range of salient issues from the theory and practice of planning. The...

    Published May 8th 2013 by Routledge

  8. Rethinking Feminist Interventions into the Urban

    Edited by Linda Peake, Martina Rieker

    In Rethinking Feminist Interventions into the Urban, Linda Peake and Martina Rieker embark on an ambitious project to explore the extent to which a feminist re-imagining of the twenty-first century city can form the core of a new emerging analytic of women and the neoliberal urban. In a world in...

    Published May 16th 2013 by Routledge

  9. Good Cities, Better Lives

    How Europe Discovered the Lost Art of Urbanism

    By Peter Hall

    Series: Planning, History and Environment Series

    This book has one central theme: how, in the United Kingdom, can we create better cities and towns in which to live and work and play? What can we learn from other countries, especially our near neighbours in Europe? And, in turn, can we provide lessons for other countries facing similar dilemmas?...

    Published September 12th 2013 by Routledge

  10. Shaping the City

    Studies in History, Theory and Urban Design, 2nd Edition

    Edited by Rodolphe El-Khoury, Edwards Robbins

    Taking on the key issues in urban design, Shaping the City examines the critical ideas that have driven these themes and debates through a study of particular cities at important periods in their development. As well as retaining crucial discussions about cities such as Los Angeles,...

    Published June 20th 2013 by Routledge

  11. Successful Adaptation to Climate Change

    Linking Science and Policy in a Rapidly Changing World

    Edited by Susanne C. Moser, Maxwell T. Boykoff

    What does successful adaptation look like? This is a question we are frequently asked by planners, policy makers and other professionals charged with the task of developing and implementing adaptation strategies. While adaptation is increasingly recognized as an important climate risk management...

    Published June 6th 2013 by Routledge

  12. Theory, Practice, and Community Development

    Edited by Mark Brennan, Jeffrey Birdger, Theodore R. Alter

    Series: Community Development Research and Practice Series

    For many scholars, the study of community and community development is at a crossroads. Previously dynamic theories appear not to have kept pace with the major social changes of our day. Given our constantly shifting social reality we need new ideas and research that pushes the boundaries of...

    Published May 30th 2013 by Routledge

  13. Religions and Development

    By Emma Tomalin

    Series: Routledge Perspectives on Development

    Religion has been excluded from development studies for decades. Religious traditions have contributed greatly towards development work, yet major international players have tended to ignore its role. Recent years have shown a noticeable shift in development policy, practice and research to...

    Published May 30th 2013 by Routledge

  14. Transforming Urban Economies

    Policy Lessons from European and Asian Cities

    By Andrea Colantonio, Richard Burdett, Philipp Rode

    Series: LSE Cities

    Cities house the majority of the world’s population and are the dynamic centres of 21st century life, at the heart of economic, social and environmental change. They are still beset by difficult problems but often demonstrate resilience in the face of regional and national economic decline. Faced...

    Published July 29th 2013 by Routledge

  15. The Geography of Transport Systems

    3rd Edition

    By Jean-Paul Rodrigue, Claude Comtois, Brian Slack

    Mobility is fundamental to economic and social activities such as commuting, manufacturing, or supplying energy. Each movement has an origin, a potential set of intermediate locations, a destination, and a nature which is linked with geographical attributes. Transport systems composed of...

    Published June 20th 2013 by Routledge

  16. Planning for Sustainability

    Creating Livable, Equitable and Ecological Communities, 2nd Edition

    By Stephen M. Wheeler

    How can human communities sustain a long-term existence on a small planet? This challenge grows ever more urgent as the threat of global warming increases. Planning for Sustainability presents a wide-ranging, intellectually well-grounded and accessible introduction to the concept of planning for...

    Published June 7th 2013 by Routledge

  17. Governance for Pro-Poor Urban Development

    Lessons from Ghana

    By Franklin Obeng-Odoom

    Series: Routledge Explorations in Development Studies

    The world development institutions commonly present 'urban governance' as an antidote to the so-called 'urbanisation of poverty' and 'parasitic urbanism' in Africa. Governance for Pro-Poor Urban Development is a comprehensive and systematic analysis of the meaning, nature, and effects of 'urban...

    Published July 17th 2013 by Routledge

  18. Biosecurity

    The Socio-Politics of Invasive Species and Infectious Diseases

    Edited by Andrew Dobson, Kezia Barker, Sarah L. Taylor

    Biosecurity is the assessment and management of potentially dangerous infectious diseases, quarantined pests, invasive (alien) species, living modified organisms, and biological weapons. It is a holistic concept of direct relevance to the sustainability of agriculture, food safety, and the...

    Published July 31st 2013 by Routledge

  19. Megacities and the Coast

    Risk, Resilience and Transformation

    Edited by Mark Pelling, Sophie Blackburn

    Based on a major international study, this volume provides a synthesis of scientific knowledge on megacity urbanization on the coast, environmental impacts, risks and management choices, including a focus on adaptation, mitigation and disaster risk management. It is the primary output of...

    Published December 15th 2013 by Routledge

  20. Reducing Urban Poverty in the Global South

    By David Satterthwaite, Diana Mitlin

    Urban areas in the Global South now house most of the world’s urban population and are projected to house almost all its increase between now and 2030. There is a growing recognition that the scale of urban poverty has been overlooked – and that it is increasing both in numbers and in the...

    Published August 9th 2013 by Routledge

  21. Catalysts for Change

    21st Century Philanthropy and Community Development

    By Maria Martinez-Cosio, Mirle Rabinowitz Bussell

    Series: Community Development Research and Practice Series

    Winner of the Community Development Society's 2014 Current Research Award! 21st Century Philanthropy and Community fills a gap in the literature on philanthropic organizations and how they intertwine with community development. Drawing first on the history of philanthropic funding, Maria...

    Published May 23rd 2013 by Routledge

  22. Planning Sustainable Transport

    By Barry Hutton

    Transport choices must be transformed if we are to cope with sustainability and climate change, but this can only be done if we understand how complex transport systems work. Straightforward choices are never made between one transport mode and another; door-to-door movements of both people and...

    Published June 27th 2013 by Routledge

  23. Redeeming REDD

    Policies, Incentives and Social Feasibility for Avoided Deforestation

    By Michael I. Brown

    It is now well accepted that deforestation is a key source of greenhouse gas emissions and of climate change, with forests representing major sinks for carbon. As a result, public and private initiatives for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) have been widely...

    Published June 20th 2013 by Routledge

  24. Cities and Nature

    2nd Edition

    By Lisa Benton-Short, John Rennie Short

    Series: Routledge Critical Introductions to Urbanism and the City

    Cities and Nature connects environmental processes with social and political actions. The book reconnects science and social science to demonstrate how the city is part of the environment and how it is subject to environmental constraints and opportunities. This second edition has been extensively...

    Published May 15th 2013 by Routledge

  25. Corrections and Collections

    Architectures for Art and Crime

    By Joe Day

    America holds more than two million inmates in its prisons and jails, and hosts more than two million daily visits to museums, figures which represent a ten-fold increase in the last twenty-five years. Corrections and Collections explores and connects these two massive expansions in our built...

    Published May 28th 2013 by Routledge