Equity, Justice and the Sustainable City

Before Julian Agyeman and I began Incomplete Streets, we were thinking in broader terms. We were seeing a rush to embrace sustainability in a 21st century urban planning version of architecture’s 20th century love affair with modernism. This raised concerns, particularly around the way in which a-critical embrace of sustainability as an urban planning framework potentially reproduces the same urban inequalities that characterized most cities throughout the 20th century.

So we developed a proposal for a book series that would position equity and justice as central elements of the transition toward sustainable cities. The series is now under contract with Routledge.

Incomplete Streets was the first book in the series, followed by Karen Chapple’s Planning Sustainable Cities and Regions: Towards More Equitable Development and The Urban Struggle for Economic, Environmental and Social Justice: Deepening Their Roots by Malo André Hutson. Other great titles in the series cover urban resilience and environmental justice, green gentrification, and bicycle justice, with more projects in the pipeline.

For a full series description and list of titles, visit the Routledge Equity, Justice and the Sustainable City page.

Additional books are under review. If you have an idea for a book in the series, please feel free to pitch the idea. If you are ready to submit a manuscript, please contact our Routledge Editor, Charlotte Endersby (charlotte.endersby@tandf.co.uk).

We expect books in the series will address sustainable city trends in the global North and South and investigate them for their potential to ensure a transition to urban sustainability that is equitable and just for all. These trends include municipal climate action plans; resource scarcity as tipping points into a vortex of urban dysfunction; inclusive urbanization; “complete streets” as a tool for realizing more “livable cities”; the use of information and analytics toward the creation of “smart cities”.

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