Retrofitting Cities for Tomorrow's World
1. Edition November 2017
312 Pages, Hardcover
Wiley & Sons Ltd
Eames, Malcolm / Dixon, Tim / Hunt, Miriam / Lannon, Simon (Editor)
A groundbreaking exploration of the most promising new ideas for creating the sustainable cities of tomorrow
The culmination of a four-year collaborative research project undertaken by leading UK universities, in partnership with city authorities, prominent architecture firms, and major international consultants, Retrofitting Cities for Tomorrow's World explores the theoretical and practical aspects of the transition towards sustainability in the built environment that will occur in the years ahead. The emphasis throughout is on emerging systems innovations and bold new ways of imagining and re-imagining urban retrofitting, set within the context of 'futures-based' thinking.
The concept of urban retrofitting has gained prominence within both the research and policy arenas in recent years. While cities are often viewed as a source of environmental stress and resource depletion they are also hubs of learning and innovation offering enormous potential for scaling up technological responses. But city-level action will require a major shift in thinking and a scaling up of positive responses to climate change and the associated threats of environmental and social degradation. Clearly the time has come for a more coordinated, planned, and strategic approach that will allow cities to transition to a sustainable future. This book summarizes many of the best new ideas currently in play on how to achieve those goals.
* Reviews the most promising ideas for how to approach planning and coordinating a more sustainable urban future by 2050 through retrofitting existing structures
* Explores how cities need to govern for urban retrofit and how future urban transitions and pathways can be managed, modeled and navigated
* Offers inter-disciplinary insights from international contributors from both the academic and professional spheres
* Develops a rigorous conceptual framework for analyzing existing challenges and fostering innovative ways of addressing those challenges
Retrofitting Cities for Tomorrow's World is must-reading for academic researchers, including postgraduates insustainability, urban planning, environmental studies, economics, among other fields. It is also an important source of fresh ideas and inspiration for town planners, developers, policy advisors, and consultants working within the field of sustainability, energy, and the urban environment.
List of Contributors
2 Community housing retrofit in the UK and the civics of energy consumption
3 'City-wide or city-blind'? An analysis of retrofit practices in the UK commercial property sector
4 Performance Gap in "Deep" Retrofit of Housing: Issues at the Design and Construction Interface
5 Transforming the commercial property market in Australians cities: Contemporary practices and the future potential in green roof retrofit
6 Modelling residential retrofit: Insights on the effect of regional characteristics for the Cardiff City Region
7 Weatherproofing urban social housing for a changing climate through retrofitting: A holistic approach
8 What is hindering adaptation to climate change in English suburbs, and what would help facilitate action?
9 The Value of Foresight and Scenarios in Engineering Liveable Future Cities
10 Urban sustainability transition: retrofitting the city
11 Presenting Futures: London 2062
12 Framing New Retrofit Models for Regenerating Australia's Fast Growing Cities
13 City-regional futures in context: Insights from the Retrofit 2050 project
14 National Policies for Local Urban Sustainability: A New Governance Approach?
15 Conclusions and Reflections: Retrofitting Cities for Tomorrow's World
Tim Dixon, PhD holds a professorial chair in Sustainable Futures in the Built Environment in the School of the Built Environment at the University of Reading and leads the Sustainability in the Built Environment (SustBE) network.
Miriam Hunt is a PhD student at School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University, UK.
Simon Lannon, PhD is a research fellow at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University, UK.