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Densifying the City?

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Densifying the City?

Global Cases and Johannesburg

9781789904932 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Margot Rubin, Alison Todes, Philip Harrison and Alexandra Appelbaum, School of Architecture and Planning, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Publication Date: November 2020 ISBN: 978 1 78990 493 2 Extent: c 336 pp
Providing an in-depth exploration of the complexities of densification policy and processes, this book brings the important experiences of densification in Johannesburg into conversation with a range of cities in Africa, the BRICS countries and the Global North. It moves beyond the divisive debate over whether densification is good or bad, adding nuance and complexity to the calls from multilateral organisations for densification as a key urban strategy.

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Providing an in-depth exploration of the complexities of densification policy and processes, this book brings the important experiences of densification in Johannesburg into conversation with a range of cities in Africa, the BRICS countries and the Global North. It moves beyond the divisive debate over whether densification is good or bad, adding nuance and complexity to the calls from multilateral organisations for densification as a key urban strategy.
 
Using empirical work in a comparative frame, Densifying the City? examines how densification policies and processes have manifested often in unanticipated or contrary ways. It offers important insights into resident-led densification and the processes and motivations that drive these activities.

This will be an invigorating read for urban studies and urban planning scholars looking to move beyond a basic understanding of densifying cities to understanding the strategy behind it and its successes. Urban policy makers will also appreciate the use of key case studies throughout the book.
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‘Urban densification has long been one of those enduring “wicked problems” which has long perplexed urban planners and policy experts. By offering a balanced analysis that unpacks the costs and benefits of compact cities, the contributors critically engage with the reigning conventional wisdom that densification is a central ingredient for urban sustainability and smart growth.’
– Martin J. Murray, University of Michigan, US

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