Neighbourhoods for the Future
A Plea for a Social and Ecological Urbanism
Maarten Hajer, Peter Pelzer, Martijn van den Hurk, Chris ten Dam, Edwin Buitelaar


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Linking sustainability to social cohesion at the level of the neighbourhood introduces the question about which qualities does the neighborhood need and how do we achieve them? This book proposes a set of ideas, examples and 9 lessons that could help to shape neighbourhoods for the future.

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The current ecological crisis will transform the face and fate of cities. Neighbourhoods for the Future is based on the conviction that we should rethink cities from the ambit of the neighbourhood. It revisits the neighbourhood as the designated scale and arena to build our urban futures. The neighbourhood is small enough to be tangible, yet big enough to make a difference. In order for neighbourhoods to really work, residents need to be engaged and the tactics should be embedded within a wider social policy, if we want thriving cities. By introducing the concepts of neighbourhood arrangements and ecologies, based on examples in Europe and North America, this book provides a new perspective on the relation between participants, resources, and rules, to spark change and prepare urbanites and policymakers for realizing their own sustainable neighbourhoods for the future.
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Maarten Allard Hajer is a Dutch political scientist and regional planner. Since 2015 has been Faculty Professor of Urban Futures at Utrecht University.
Peter Pelze is an Assistant Professor in Spatial Planning and Urban Futures at the Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning at the Faculty of Geosciences. Martijn van den Hurk is an assistant professor in the Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning at Utrecht University.
Edwin Buitelaar is a professor of land and real estate development at Utrecht University and a senior researcher of urban development at the PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency.

224 pages
Paperback, 17x24 cm
Valiz, 1st edition 2020
ISBN 9789492095787