Now Urbanism: The Future City Is Here by Jeffrey HouNow Urbanism: The Future City Is Here by Jeffrey Hou

Now Urbanism: The Future City Is Here

EditorJeffrey Hou, Benjamin Spencer, Thaisa Way

Paperback | January 14, 2015

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After more than a century of heroic urban visions, urban dwellers today live in suburban subdivisions, gated communities, edge cities, apartment towers, and slums. The contemporary cities we know are more often the embodiment of unexpected outcomes and unintended consequences rather than visionary planning.

As an alternative approach for rethinking and remaking today's cities and regions, this book explores the intersections of critical inquiry and immediate, substantive actions. The contributions inside recognize the rich complexities of the present city not as barriers or obstacles but as grounds for uncovering opportunity and unleashing potential.Now Urbanismasserts that the future city is already here. It views city making as grounded in the imperfect, messy, yet rich reality of the existing city and the everyday purposeful agency of its dwellers.

Through a framework ofsituating, grounding, performing, distributing, instigating,andenduring, these contributions written bya multidisciplinary group of practitioners and scholars illustrate specificity, context, agency, and networks of actors and actions in the re-making of the contemporary city.

Jeffrey Houis Professor and Chair of Landscape Architecture at the University of Washington. His work focuses on critical urbanism, design activism, and democratic placemaking. His previous books includeGreening Cities, Growing Communities: Learning from Seattle's urban community gardens(2009),Insurgent Public Space: Guerrilla urbanism...
Title:Now Urbanism: The Future City Is HereFormat:PaperbackDimensions:328 pages, 9.6 × 6.8 × 0.7 inPublished:January 14, 2015Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0415717868

ISBN - 13:9780415717861

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Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction, 1. Thick City, Now Urbanism (Jeffrey Hou, Ben Spencer, Thaisa Way, Ken Yocom),Part II:Situating, 2. Messy Urbanism: Transformation and Transmutation of Cities under Globalization (Viren Brahmbhatt), 3. The Environmental Contradictions of High-Tech Urbanism (Margaret O'Mara), 4. From Blues to Green: The Future of New Towns Worldwide (Deni Ruggeri),Part III: Grounding, 5. 13,0001 A Waste Odyssey (William Morrish), 6. Contingent Ecological Urbanisms (Jon Christensen), 7. Processcapes: Dynamic Placemaking (Judith Stilgenbauer),Part IV: Performing,8.Nosotros(We): Two Cultures of Sustainability and the Present City of Las Vegas (Daniel H. Ortega), 9. Making a Farm in the Heart of a City (Osamu Nishida and Arisa Nakamura), 10. Border Urbanities: Embodied and Enacted Performances in a Transnational City (Irma Ramirez),Part V: Distributing, 11. User-Generated Urbanism and the Right to the City (John Bela), 12. Open Source City (Laura Kozak), 13. The Kibera Public Space Project: Participation, Integration, and Networked Change (Chelina Odbert and Joseph Mulligan),Part VI: Instigating, 14. Forget about Utopia (Alfredo Brillembourg and Hubert Klumpner), 15. The Informal Urban Communities Initiative: Lomas de Zapallal, Lima, Peru (Ben Spencer, Susan Bolton, Jorge Alarcon), 16. Shifting Landscape: reTHINKING Central and Eastern European Cities (Martin Joseph Barry),Part VII:Enduring, 17. City Sink ' Sinking Cities (Denise Hoffman Brandt), 18. [GU]Growing Urbanism: An Evolutionary Urban Ecology in Cascadia (Gundula Proksch, Joshua Brevoort and Lisa Chun), 19. Pathways of Urban Nature: Diversity in the Greening of the Twenty-First Century City (Andrew Karvonen),Part VIII: Afterword, 20. Cities and Survival (Thomas Fisher)

Editorial Reviews

"Now Urbanism takes the reader through a fascinating journey of a diverse collection of cities, including Nairobi, New York, Mumbai, Manchester, Caracas and Las Vegas. The book examines cities from multiple perspectives: as hotbeds of production and pollution; as beacons of hope in seas of poverty; and as flagships for sustainability in a rapidly globalising world." - Tom Sanya, University of Cape Town, South Africa