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Cities in the 21st Century

Oriol Nel-lo Renata Mele



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30 September 2020
Cities in the 21st Century provides an overview of contemporary urban development. Written by more than thirty major academic specialists from different countries, it provides information on and analysis of the global network of cities, changes in urban form, environmental problems, the role of technologies and knowledge, socioeconomic developments, and finally, the challenge of urban governance.

In the mid-20th century, architect and planner Josep Lluis Sert wondered if cities could survive; in the early 21st century, we see that cities have not only survived but have grown as never before. Cities today are engines of production and trade, forges of scientific and technological innovation, and crucibles of social change. Urbanization is a major driver of change in contemporary societies; it is a process that involves acute social inequalities and serious environmental problems, but also offers opportunities to move towards a future of greater prosperity, environmental sustainability, and social justice.

With case studies on thirty cities in five continents and a selection of infographics illustrating these dynamic cities, this edited volume is an essential resource for planners and students of urbanization and urban change.
Edited by:   Oriol Nel-lo, Renata Mele
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 246mm,  Width: 174mm, 
Weight:   658g
ISBN:   9780367669973
ISBN 10:   0367669978
Pages:   356
Publication Date:   30 September 2020
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Oriol Nel*lo is Professor of Urban Geography and Spatial Planning in the Department of Geography, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona. His research interests refer to metropolitan dynamics, urban segregation, social movements, and urban policies. He has been Director of the Institute for Metropolitan Studies of Barcelona and Secretary for Spatial Planning in Catalonia. Renata Mele is Head of Sustainable Development and Innovation Research Area at Enel Foundation. She has been working for both academia and industry on research and innovation. Her present research interests include sustainability in urban environments, urban metabolism of megacity, environmental impacts of energy systems, innovative technologies for power grids, and wireless sensor networks.

Reviews for Cities in the 21st Century

This book skilfully delivers a collection of interconnected readings focusing on the contemporary urban development issues and directions for potential solutions. The book, with snapshots from numerous cities across the globe, is an invaluable reading for urban policy makers, researchers, practitioners and students. -Tan Yigitcanlar, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

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