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Published online by Cambridge University Press:  27 April 2018

Thomas Elmqvist
Stockholm Resilience Centre
Xuemei Bai
Australian National University, Canberra
Niki Frantzeskaki
Erasmus University, The Netherlands
Corrie Griffith
Arizona State University
David Maddox
The Nature of Cities
Timon McPhearson
New School University, New York
Susan Parnell
University of Cape Town
Patricia Romero-Lankao
National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado
David Simon
Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenberg
Mark Watkins
Arizona State University


Urban Planet
Knowledge towards Sustainable Cities
, pp. v - ix
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2018
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  1. List of Figures

  2. List of Tables

  3. List of Contributors

  4. Preface

  5. Introduction:Situating Knowledge and Action for an Urban Planet

    Susan Parnell, Thomas Elmqvist, Timon McPhearson, Harini Nagendra, and Sverker Sörlin

  6. Part IDynamic Urban Planet

    1. 1Global Urbanization: Perspectives and Trends

      Dagmar Haase, Burak Güneralp, Bharat Dahiya, Xuemei Bai, and Thomas Elmqvist

    2. 2Embracing Urban Complexity

      Marina Alberti, Timon McPhearson, and Andrew Gonzalez

    3. 3Understanding, Implementing, and Tracking Urban Metabolism Is Key to Urban Futures

      Abel Chávez, Chris Kennedy, Bin Chen, Marian Chertow, Tim Baynes, Shaoqing Chen, and Xuemei Bai

    4. 4Live with Risk While Reducing Vulnerability

      Patricia Romero-Lankao, Olga Wilhelmi, and Mikhail Chester

    5. 5Harness Urban Complexity for Health and Well-Being

      Franz W. Gatzweiler, Jo Ivey Boufford, and Anna Pomykala

    6. 6Macroeconomy and Urban Productivity

      Michael Cohen and Lena Simet

  7. Part IIGlobal Urban Sustainable Development

    1. 7Rethinking Urban Sustainability and Resilience

      David Simon, Corrie Griffith, and Harini Nagendra

    2. 8Indicators for Measuring Urban Sustainability and Resilience

      David Gómez-Álvarez and Eduardo López-Moreno with Edgardo Bilsky, Karina Blanco Ochoa, and Efrén Osorio Lara

    3. 9The UN, the Urban Sustainable Development Goal, and the New Urban Agenda

      Andrew Rudd, David Simon, Maruxa Cardama, Eugénie L. Birch, and Aromar Revi

    4. 10Utilizing Urban Living Laboratories for Social Innovation

      Sandra Naumann, McKenna Davis, Michele-Lee Moore, and Kes McCormick

    5. 11Can Big Data Make a Difference for Urban Management?

      Ulrich Mans, Sarah Giest, and Thomas Baar

    6. 12Collaborative and Equitable Urban Citizen Science

      Karen MacClune, Kanmani Venkateswaran, Bolanle Wahab, Sascha Petersen, Nivedita Mani, Bijay Kumar Singh, and Ajay Kumar Singh

  8. Part IIIUrban Transformations to Sustainability

    1. 13Sustainability Transformation Emerging from Better Governance

      Patricia Romero-Lankao, Niki Frantzeskaki, and Corrie Griffith

    2. 14To Transform Cities, Support Civil Society

      Niki Frantzeskaki, Adina Dumitru, Julia Wittmayer, Flor Avelino, and Michele-Lee Moore

    3. 15Governing Urban Sustainability Transformations: The New Politics of Collaboration and Contestation

      Sarah Burch, Sara Hughes, Patricia Romero-Lankao, and Heike Schroeder

    4. 16Seeds of the Future in the Present: Exploring Pathways for Navigating Towards “Good” Anthropocenes

      Laura M. Pereira, Elena Bennett, Reinette (Oonsie) Biggs, Garry Peterson, Timon McPhearson, Albert Norström, Per Olsson, Rika Preiser, Ciara Raudsepp-Hearne, and Joost Vervoort

  9. Part IVProvocations from Practice

    1. 17Sustainability, Karachi, and Other Irreconcilables

      Mahim Maher

    2. 18What Knowledge Do Cities Themselves Need?

      Robert McDonald

    3. 19Banksy and the Biologist: Redrawing the Twenty-First Century City

      Debra Roberts

    4. 20Every Community Needs a Forest of Imagination

      Andrew Grant

    5. 21How Can We Shift from an Image-Based Society to a Life-Based Society?

      Cecilia Herzog

    6. 22A Chimera Called “Smart Cities”

      Gurbir Singh

    7. 23Beyond Fill-in-the-Blank Cities

      Cristina Rumbaitis del Rio

    8. 24Persuading Policy-Makers to Implement Sustainable City Plans

      Pengfei Xie

    9. 25To Live or Not to Live: Urbanization and the Knowledge Worker

      Takeshi Takama

    10. 26City Fragmentation and the Commons

      Anna Dietzsch

    11. 27Cities as Global Organisms

      Oliver Hillel and Manuela Gervasi

    12. 28From Concrete Structures to Green Diversity: Ecological Landscape Design for Restoring Urban Nature and Children’s Play

      Keitaro Ito and Tomomi Sudo

    13. 29Building Cities: A View from India

      Radhika Khosla

    14. 30The False Distinctions of Socially Engaged Art and Art

      Todd Lester

    15. 31Overcoming Inertia and Reinventing “Retreat”

      Andrew Revkin

    16. 32Money for Old Rope: The Risks of Finance Taking Over the New Urban Agenda

      Richard Friend

    17. 33Aesthetic Appreciation of Tagging

      Emma Arnold

    18. 34Understanding Arab Cities: From National to Local

      Huda Shaka

    19. 35Who Can Implement the Sustainable Development Goals in Urban Areas?

      David Satterthwaite

    20. 36Achieving Sustainable Cities by Focusing on the Urban Underserved: An Action Agenda for the Global South

      Anjali Mahendra and Victoria Beard

    21. 37The Rebellion of Memory

      Lorena Zárate

    22. 38Cities Don’t Need “Big” Data – They Need Innovations That Connect to the Local

      Mary Rowe

    23. 39Digital Urbanization and the End of Big Cities

      Gora Mboup

    24. 40The Art of Engagement / Activating Curiosity

      Mary Miss

    25. 41Nairobi’s Illegal City-Makers

      Lorraine Amollo Ambole

    26. 42Active Environmental Citizens with Receptive Government Officials Can Enact Change

      Kate Scherer and Umamah Masum

    27. 43The Sea Wall

      Paul Downton

    28. 44Academics and Nonacademics: Who’s Who in Changing the Culture of Knowledge Creation?

      Kareem Buyana

    29. 45Private Fears in Public Spaces

      Lesley Lokko

    30. 46Leadership: Science and Policy as Uncomfortable Bedfellows

      Thomas Tang

    31. 47Sketches of an Emotional Geography Towards a New Citizenship

      Diana Wiesner

    32. 48The Shift in Urban Technology Innovation from Top-Down to Bottom-Up Sources

      Reyhaneh Vahidian

    33. 49Greening Cities: Our Pressing Moral Imperative

      Troy Pickard

    34. 50Recognition Deficit and the Struggle for Unifying City Fragments

      Pranab Kishore Das

    35. 51Disrespecting the Knowledge of Place

      Rebecca Salminen Witt

    36. 52Broadening Our Vision to Find a New Eco-Spiritual Way of Living

      Guillermina Ramirez

  10. Synthesis:New Integrated Urban Knowledge for the Cities We Want

    Xuemei Bai, Thomas Elmqvist, Niki Frantzeskaki, Timon McPhearson, David Simon, David Maddox, Mark Watkins, Patricia Romero-Lankao, Susan Parnell, Corrie Griffith, and Debra Roberts

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