Livable City Regions for the 21st Century

25th International Conference on Urban Planning, Regional Development, Information Society and Urban, Transport, and Environmental Technologies

Manfred Schrenk, Vasily V. Popovich, Peter Zeile, Pietro Elisei, Clemens Beyer, Judith Ryser, Christa Reicher, Canan Çelik (Eds.)

At the beginning of the 21st century, the question of how we should shape the future of our cities and regions is more important than ever. Urban spaces are becoming the central form of organization of almost all human societies. In the emerging and developing countries, the force of the urbanization surge is becoming visible. The urban population is growing as people move out of rural areas; this growth process is accompanied by social change. In many parts of Europe a fundamental paradigm shift is taking place: from a phase of shrinking and stagnation to enormous growth of cities and regions. It is not only the large cities that are coming under real pressure; medium-sized and small towns and cities are also facing the challenge of how to meet the demands of climate change and the associated need to secure open spaces on the one hand, and to densify and make available space for living and working on the other.

Urban Integration

From Walled City to Integrated City

Christa Reicher, Fabio Bayro-Kaiser, Päivi Kataikko-Grigoleit, Sarah Müller, Jan Polívka (Eds.)

In the context of Transforming City Regions, phenomena such as globalization and digitalization accelerate change and bring several aspects of life into motion. If used in a smart way, such developments might trigger a promising dynamic for local people, their living environment, and regional economy. “Urban Integration: From Walled City to Integrated City” reflects on the challenges such dynamics encompass and also on the significance of social integration in urban contexts. The book compiles contributions from researchers, practitioners, and students to an international symposium held at Essen Zollverein in May 2018.

Reclaiming Public Space through Intercultural Dialogue

Christa Reicher, Fabio Bayro-Kaiser, Maram Tawil, Janset Shawash, Katrin Bäumer, Jan Polívka (Eds.)

The challenges rapid urbanization encompasses are manifold, so are the efforts addressing sustainable and inclusive development frameworks. “Reclaiming Public Space through Intercultural Dialogue” is an intercultural and interdisciplinary initiative, which focuses on how social and spatial segregation can be overcome in metropolitan areas. Through joint research and teaching activities in the cities of Dortmund and Amman, three comprehensive topics emerged: urban transformation and the role of public space; social and cultural dimensions of cities; and nature-based planning approaches. The book compiles contributions to these topics from researchers, practitioners, and students, which were presented in an international conference held at the German Jordanian University in Madaba, Jordan, in November 2017

Polycentric City Regions in Transformation

The Ruhr Agglomeration in International Perspective

Christa Reicher, Fabio Bayro-Kaiser, Hendrik Jansen, Jan Polívka (Eds.)

Worldwide, cities and regions are affected by structural change and face comprehensive transformation processes, many of which are yet to reveal themselves. In this context, polycentric models for development have been internationally voiced. “Polycentric City Regions in Transformation: The Ruhr Agglomeration in International Perspective”
discusses such models in a comparative manner and, in particular, focuses on the dynamics that shape and challenge cities and regions nowadays. The book compiles contributions from Germany, China, Canada, Portugal, Colombia, USA, Scotland, among others, which were presented in an international conference held at Essen Zollverein in June 2015.

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