Special Issue "Rethinking Urban Population Density and Sustainable Cities"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2021.
Interests: comparative urbanization; inequality and poverty; informality; community-based planning; collective action; sustainable cities; water and sanitation infrastructure
Interests: radical social economies; sustainable infrastructure; adaptive urban governance; speculative urban experiments; urban innovation systems
The COVID-19 pandemic underscores the tenuousness of our understanding of what constitutes sustainable, healthy, and livable cities. It makes us question statements like, “The argument has been proven, the data is clear: compact and connected cities are better for people and the environment” (https://blog.nationalgeographic.org/2016/03/31/compact-and-connected-cities-are-better-for-people-and-the-environment/). Compact city advocates argue in favor of increased urban population density on the basis of two powerful arguments: (1) climate change mitigation and energy efficiency gains, and (2) greater productivity and innovation derived from urban agglomeration. It has long been accepted that patterns of urban sprawl that characterize cities in the global North are unsustainable and to be avoided. It is equally well understood in the global South that urban population densities do not necessarily equate to healthy and livable cities. These different perspectives are further complicated when officials mandate “social distancing” to protect public health. Simply put, contextual (landscape, environment, and spatial economies) and qualitative (historical, cultural, social) dimensions of cities, urban living, and urban form matter. This Special Issue comprises papers that drill down, problematize, and rethink compactness and urban density as incontrovertible planning and design principles of sustainable cities.
Prof. Dr. Victoria A. Beard
Prof. Dr. Edgar Pieterse
Manuscript Submission Information
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- compact cities
- urban sustainability
- livable cities
- healthy cities
- climate change
- urban planning
- population density
- rapid urbanization
- urban expansion
- urban infrastructure and services