Resilient Cities, Second Edition
6 x 9
16 photos, 22 illustrations
What does it mean to be a resilient city in the age of a changing climate and growing inequity? As urban populations grow, how do we create efficient transportation systems, access to healthy green space, and lower-carbon buildings for all citizens?
Peter Newman, Timothy Beatley, and Heather Boyer respond to these questions in the revised and updated edition of Resilient Cities. Since the first edition was published in 2009, interest in resilience has surged, in part due to increasingly frequent and deadly natural disasters, and in part due to the contribution of our cities to climate change. The number of new initiatives and approaches from citizens and all levels of government show the promise as well as the challenges of creating cities that are truly resilient.
The authors’ hopeful approach to creating cities that are not only resilient, but striving to become regenerative, is now organized around their characteristics of a resilient city. A resilient city is one that uses renewable and distributed energy; has an efficient and regenerative metabolism; offers inclusive and healthy places; fosters biophilic and naturally adaptive systems; is invested in disaster preparedness; and is designed around efficient urban fabrics that allow for sustainable mobility.
Resilient Cities, Second Edition reveals how the resilient city characteristics have been achieved in communities around the globe. The authors offer stories, insights, and inspiration for urban planners, policymakers, and professionals interested in creating more sustainable, equitable, and, eventually, regenerative cities. Most importantly, the book is about overcoming fear and generating hope in our cities. Cities will need to claim a different future that helps us regenerate the whole planet–this is the challenge of resilient cities.
"The authors are selling hope in a time when fear is easy and cheap. And they find vivid ways to do so…Overall, this is a book of practical hope."
"Each chapter relies on a combination of research, theory, argument, and examples to make its case, and the book manages to be detailed yet fairly concise. Each chapter is helpfully capped with a section drawing conclusions on that topic that relate directly to business, government, and communities....Completely revised and updated to address significant changes in the intervening years, the book is once again fresh and comes at a time when 'resilience' has become an urban watchword and rallying cry."
Introduction. Urban Resilience: Cities of Fear and Hope
Chapter 1. Invest in Renewable and Distributed Energy
Chapter 2. Create Sustainable Mobility Systems
Chapter 3. Foster Inclusive and Healthy Cities
Chapter 4. Shape Disaster Recovery for the Future
Chapter 5. Build Biophilic Urbanism in the City and its Bioregion
Chapter 6. Produce a More Cyclical and Regenerative Metabolism
Conclusion. Growing Regeneratively
What does it mean to be a resilient city in the age of a changing climate and growing inequity? In light of federal inaction on resilience efforts, how do cities create efficient transportation systems, access to healthy green space, and lower-carbon buildings for all citizens? Some of the world’s leading voices on urban issues tackle these questions and more in the fully updated and revised edition of Resilient Cities.
Written by Peter Newman, Timothy Beatley, and Heather Boyer, Resilient Cities, Second Edition is a forward-thinking look at the promise of resilient cities. This edition includes updates to capture recent urban resilience and decarbonization efforts and expand on pressing topics including health and equity. The authors draw from a number of new initiatives and approaches from citizens and all levels of government, including the success of Perth in rethinking mobility options in a car-dependent city and Singapore’s Index on Cities’ Biodiversity, which has been adopted by many cities worldwide.
Resilient Cities, Second Edition is filled with stories, insights, and inspiration for anyone interested in creating more sustainable, equitable, and eventually, regenerative cities. Check out an excerpt from the book and leave any questions about resilient cities in the comments below.
Katharine is the Publicity & Marketing Associate at Island Press.