Forthcoming books about cities and climate change

We want to present some books about the topics cities and climate change. Some of them will be published soon. More information about the books are available by clicking on the title.

Inclusive Urbanization

Rethinking Policy, Practice and Research in the Age of Climate Change

Edited by Krishna K. Shrestha, Hemant R. Ojha, Phil McManus, Anna Rubbo, Krishna Kumar Dhote

How do we include and represent all people in cities? As the world rapidly urbanizes, and climate change creates global winners and losers, understanding how to design cities that provide for all their citizens is of the utmost importance. Inclusive Urbanization attempts to not only provide meaningful, practical guidance to urban designers, managers, and local actors, but also create a definition of inclusion that incorporates strategies bigger than the welfare state, and tactics that bring local actors and the state into meaningful dialogue.

Building for a Changing Climate

The Challenge for Construction, Planning and Energy

By Peter F. Smith

There is now a practically universal consensus that our climate is changing rapidly, and as a direct result of human activities. While there is extensive debate about what we can do to mitigate the damage we are causing, it is becoming increasingly clear that a large part of our resources will have to be directed towards adapting to new climatic conditions, with talk of survivability replacing sustainability as the new and most pressing priority. Nowhere is this more evident than in the built environment – the stage on which our most important interactions with climatic conditions are played out.

City Futures in the Age of a Changing Climate

By Tony Fry

This book goes beyond current ways that the impact of climate change upon the city are understood. In doing so it addresses climate in a variety of its connotations. It looks to the nomadic behaviour patterns of the past for lessons for today’s population unsettlement, and argues that as human survival will increasingly be linked directly to movement, the city can no longer be defined as a constrained space. The impacts of climate change must be understood as a combination of the actual and the expected, and have to be addressed both practically and culturally.

Low-Carbon Land Transport

Policy Handbook

By Daniel Bongardt, Felix Creutzig, Hanna Hüging, Ko Sakamoto, Stefan Bakker, Sudhir Gota, Susanne Böhler-Baedeker

Practical guide for transport policymakers and planners to achieve low-carbon land transport systems.

Based on wide ranging research, it shows how policies can be bundled successfully and worked into urban transport decision-making and planning strategies.

With case studies from developed and developing countries, it outlines measures for reducing emissions, tailoring these to specific circumstances. It also highlights how greenhouse gas savings are measured, as well as success factors for implementing policies and measures in complex decision-making processes.

For students of sustainable transport, professional planners and decision makers, Low-Carbon Land Transport is an invaluable reference for all those looking to help transport networks flow in a sustainable direction.

Planning for Climate Change

Strategies for Mitigation and Adaptation for Spatial Planners

Edited by Simin Davoudi, Jenny Crawford, Abid Mehmood

Climate change is changing the context of spatial planning and shaping its priorities. It has strengthened its environmental dimension and has become a new rationale for coordinating actions and integrating different policy priorities.

This book sets out the economic, social and environmental challenges that climate change raises for urban and regional planners and explores current and potential responses. These are set within the context of recent research and scholarly works on the role of spatial planning in combating climate change. Addressing both mitigation measures for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adaptation to the effects of climate change, the book provides an overview of emerging practice, with analysis of the drivers of policy change and practical implementation of measures. It scopes planning issues and opportunities at different spatial scales, drawing on both the UK and international experiences and highlighting the need to link global and local responses to shared risks and opportunities.

Don’t Even Think About It

Why Our Brains Are Wired To Ignore Climate Change

By George Marshall

Why, despite overwhelming scientific evidence, do we still ignore climate change? And what does it need for us to become fully convinced of what we already know?

George Marshall’s search for the answers brings him face to face with Nobel Prize-winning psychologists and the activists of the Texas Tea Party; the world’s leading climate scientists and the people who denounce them; liberal environmentalists and conservative evangelicals.

Wie erreichen (Interkulturelle) Gemeinschaftsgärten Flüchtlinge und AsylbewerberInnen?

Am 3. November war das SELFCITY-Team zu Gast bei der Umweltstation in Waldsassen, um sich über eine mögliche Kooperation in Bezug auf “Interkulturelle Gartenarbeit” mit Flüchtlingen auszutauschen. Die Stiftungsgemeinschaft anstiftung&ertomis hat zu diesem Themenkomplex einen interessanten und hilfreichen Beitrag veröffentlicht, in dem es unter anderem um das Knüpfen der Kontakte, die Ideenvermittlung des Gemeinschaftsgartens sowie die Rolle der Sprache geht. Der Text ist an dieser Stelle zu finden.

TRANSIT – transformative social innovation theory

There is a further very interesting research project we want to report about. TRANSIT (TRANsformative Social Innovation Theory) investigates the interactions between social innovations and other forms of transformative change. The project will run until the end of the year 2017 and will develop a theory of transformative social innovation which is about empowerment and change in society. You find more about TRANSIT on their homepage.

eurotopia – A directory of Communities and Ecovillages in Europe

The Eurotopia Shop offers a book with detailed descriptions of 430 communities, ecovillages, settlements and cohousing projects. Next to interesting community data, this directory provides useful addresses from all of Europe. The current edition is from 2014 and available in English and German. Interested persons find more informaion and options to buy this book here.

Forschung und Forschungsbedarf zu Transition Initiativen

Das Transition Netzwerk Deutschland/Österreich/Schweiz bietet eine Gruppe an, in der aktuelle Forschung zu Transition Initiativen kommuniziert werden kann. Aber auch Hinweise zum Forschungsbedarf sowie zu Forschungswünschen sind dort herzlich willkommen.

Das Ziel dessen ist es, Doppelarbeit zu vermeiden sowie die Forschung auf die Bedürfnisse der Initiativen auszurichten. Des Weiteren bietet diese Plattform die Möglichkeit, den Initiativen eigene Forschungsarbeiten zugänglich zu machen und sie auf diese Weise zu unterstützen. Die entsprechende Gruppe ist hier zu finden.

Examples of different participatory methods and approaches

The Participatory Geographies Research Group (which is a research group of the Royal Geographical Society) is building up a collection of short examples of the diverse range of participatory methods and approaches.

They designed a short template which people might use to share their expertise, knowledge and experience of different methods and approaches. The template is available as a word file here, where you can also find the other examples of these methods and approaches.

Networking for initiatives: TESS and Sustainable Communities

Next to our project SELFCITY, there exist some different research projects with a similar approach in Europe. We would like to present you one of them: TESS – Towards European Societal Sustainability.

This European research project is focussing on the contribution of community-based initiatives to a low-carbon future. It aims on investigation how these initiatives can maximise their impact and what to do to improve their success. Next to the analysis of multiple European community-based initiatives, TESS will develop  an accounting system for finding out the success factors.

Moreover, TESS supports the networking process between initiatives, stakeholders, policy makers and the media. This happens through the online platform Sustainable Communities, where interested persons and initiatives may find support for creating networks.