Form and Flow

Form and Flow The Spatial Politics of Urban Resilience and Climate Justice - Urban and Industrial Environments

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Cities around the world are formulating plans to respond to climate change and adapt to its impact. Often, marginalised urban residents resist these plans, offering "counterplans" to protest unjust and exclusionary actions. In this book, Kian Goh examines climate change response strategies in three cities-New York, Jakarta, and Rotterdam-and the mobilisation of community groups to fight the perceived injustices and oversights of these plans. Looking through the lenses of urban design and socioecological spatial politics, Goh reveals how contested visions of the future city are produced and gain power. Goh describes, on the one hand, a growing global network of urban environmental planning organisations intertwined with capitalist urban development, and, on the other, social movements that themselves often harness the power of networks. She explores such initiatives as Rebuild By Design in New York, the Giant Sea Wall plan in Jakarta, and Rotterdam Climate Proof, and discovers competing narratives, including community resiliency in Brooklyn and grassroots activism in the informal "kampungs" of Jakarta. Drawing on participatory fieldwork and her own background in architecture and urban design, Goh offers both theoretical explanations and practical planning and design strategies. She reframes the critical concerns of urban climate change responses, presenting a sociospatial typology of urban adaptation and considering the notion of a "just" resilience. Finally, she proposes a theoretical framework for designing equitable and just urban climate futures.

Book information

ISBN: 9780262543057
Publisher: The MIT Press
Imprint: The MIT Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 307.76
DEWEY edition: 23
Number of pages: xvi, 277
Weight: 484g
Height: 153mm
Width: 230mm
Spine width: 21mm