Edited by Judith Ryser
Drivers of Urban Change presents a new framework for holistic planning that takes account of recent transformations in the development process, its regulation, the role of public administrations and political decision-making at all planning levels, including the community perspective.
Chapters focus on people’s perspectives of planning and urban development at city, neighbourhood, community and individual levels, in a broad variety of settings and at different stages of economic development. Contributors use case studies and examples from cities in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. In contrast with the conventional planning process, people are not understood simply as those who oppose development or who are most prone to exclusion and displacement. Instead, all stakeholder groups are recognised as consisting of people whose collective and individual behaviour and decision-making affect the planning process and its outcomes. The book is thus an experiment in complexity, unpacking the key building blocks of the holistic urban planning paradigm, identifying the interdependence between them and exploring how such creation and sharing of knowledge can be put to practical use.
Judith Ryser is a qualified architect and urbanist. Based in London, she has worked in Paris, Berlin, Geneva (United Nations), Stockholm and Madrid and her research and writing have focused on built environment sustainability. She has taught at University College London and is a life member of ISOCARP (International Society of City and Regional Planners), senior adviser to Fundacion Metropoli, and an editorial board member of CORP (Competence Centre of Urban and Regional Planning), Silk Cities and Urban Design.