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Post-Growth Planning: Cities Beyond the Market Economy

Author/EditorSavini, Federico (Author)
Ferreira, Antonio (Author)
von Schoenfeld, Kim (Author)
ISBN: 9780367751005
Pub Date19/05/2022
BindingPaperback
Pages234
Dimensions (mm)234(h) * 156(w)
This book draws on a wide range of conceptual and empirical materials to identify and examine planning and policy approaches that move beyond the imperative of perpetual economic growth. It offers a toolkit of concepts and examples for urban scholars, activists, and designers seeking to make cities prosper within planetary boundaries.
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This book draws on a wide range of conceptual and empirical materials to identify and examine planning and policy approaches that move beyond the imperative of perpetual economic growth. It sketches out a path towards planning theories and practices that can break the cyclical process of urban expansion, crises, and recovery that negatively affect ecosystems and human lives.

To reduce the dramatic social and environmental impact of urbanization, this book offers both a critique of growth-led urban development and a prefiguration of ecologically regenerative and socially just ways of organizing cities and regions. It uncovers emerging possibilities for post-growth planning in the fields of collective housing, mobility, urban commoning, ecological land-use, urban-rural symbiosis, and alternative planning worldviews. It provides a toolkit of concepts and real-life examples for urban scholars, urbanists, activists, architects, and designers seeking to make cities prosper within planetary boundaries.

This book speaks to both experts and beginners in post-growth thinking. It concludes with a manifesto and glossary of key terms for urban scholars, students, and practitioners.

This book draws on a wide range of conceptual and empirical materials to identify and examine planning and policy approaches that move beyond the imperative of perpetual economic growth. It sketches out a path towards planning theories and practices that can break the cyclical process of urban expansion, crises, and recovery that negatively affect ecosystems and human lives.

To reduce the dramatic social and environmental impact of urbanization, this book offers both a critique of growth-led urban development and a prefiguration of ecologically regenerative and socially just ways of organizing cities and regions. It uncovers emerging possibilities for post-growth planning in the fields of collective housing, mobility, urban commoning, ecological land-use, urban-rural symbiosis, and alternative planning worldviews. It provides a toolkit of concepts and real-life examples for urban scholars, urbanists, activists, architects, and designers seeking to make cities prosper within planetary boundaries.

This book speaks to both experts and beginners in post-growth thinking. It concludes with a manifesto and glossary of key terms for urban scholars, students, and practitioners.

Federico Savini is associate professor in environmental planning, institutions, and politics at the University of Amsterdam, Center for Urban Studies. His research focuses on the interaction between regulations, politics, and urban transformations. As a degrowth scholar and activist, he studies, and experiments with, how cities can reduce their material footprint across different sectors, from housing commons to regenerative metabolism, from waste reuse to energy infrastructures. His most recent publications are "Towards an urban degrowth" (in Environment and Planning A, 2021) and the book Planning and Knowledge: How New Forms of Technocracy Are Shaping Contemporary Cities (2019, with Mike Raco). He is co-initiator of the housing cooperative de Nieuwe Meent in Amsterdam. Antonio Ferreira is deeply concerned with the environmental, social, and economic crisis the world is currently facing, and what that crisis means for our children and future generations. He hopes to contribute to addressing this crisis through the development of a deeper and ethically informed understanding of the world around us. He works as a Principal Researcher at CITTA: Research Centre for Territory, Transports and Environment, University of Porto, Portugal. His research interests cover a variety of themes, namely urban and transport policy, worldview theory, emotions in planning, and planning education. Kim Carlotta von Schoenfeld is a research fellow at the Centre for Transdisciplinary Research on Culture, Space and Memory at the University of Porto, Portugal. She is an interdisciplinarily oriented academic, critically but constructively bridging the fields of urban and regional planning, mobility, geography, governance, post-growth economics, psychology, critical innovation studies, international development, futuring, and third cultures. Her PhD thesis - defended at Wageningen University in 2021 - explored the benefits and drawbacks of social learning in co-creative planning processes, engaging a psychology-based lens. She holds a BSc in Human Geography and Planning and a Research Master's in Urban Studies from the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Part 1 Beginning 1 Uncoupling Planning and Economic Growth: Towards Post-Growth Urban Principles: An Introduction 2 When Greening is Not Degrowth: Cost-Shifting Insights Part 2 Dwelling 3 Housing Commons as a Degrowth Planning Practice: Learning from Amsterdam's De Nieuwe Meent 4 Dwelling Beyond Growth: Negotiating the State, Mutualism and Commons Part 3 Moving 5 Individual Well-Being beyond Mobility Growth? 6 Beyond the Rule of Growth in the Transport Sector: Towards "Clumsy Mobility Solutions"? Part 4 Governing 7 The City as a Commons: Diffused Governance for Social and Ecological Reproduction 8 Hacking the Legal: The Commons between the Governance Paradigm and Inspirations Drawn from the "Living History" of Collective Land Use Part 5 Regulating 9 Planning beyond the Backwash of a Growth Node: Old and New Thinking in Cambridgeshire, England and Skane, Sweden 10 Planning Law and Post-Growth Transformation Part 6 Nurturing 11 Nurturing the Post-Growth City: Bringing the Rural Back in 12 Towards a Post-Growth Food System: The Community as a Cornerstone? Lessons from Two Amsterdam Community-Led Food Initiatives Part 7 Being 13 Becoming a Post-Growth Planner: Inner Obstacles to Changing Roles 14 Once Upon a Planet: Planning for Transition from Ego-Driven to Eco-Driven Economies Part 8 Envisioning 15 A Manifesto for Post-Growth Planning 16 A Glossary of and for Post-Growth Planning

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