Urban Planning for Transitions

Urban Planning for Transitions

Edited by

Nicolas Douay, University of Grenoble Alpes, France
Michael Minja, University of Grenoble Alpes, France

ISBN : 9781786306753

Publication Date : June 2021

Hardcover 220 pp

165.00 USD



Today, as cities undergo rapid and dynamic transformations, riddled with uncertainties about the future, the roles of urban planning and urban planners lie in one of these new crossroad moments. Climate change, urban migration, social inclusion, health emergencies and financial and economic crises have elevated urbanization to newer heights of complexity that can only be tackled by integrating a multitude of scenarios, strategies and discourses, in order to create an urban future that is resilient and sustainable.
Urban planners have come up with transition proposals and concepts that they hope will be able to respond to cities’ challenges and ultimately allow them to adapt and make the transition into more robust urban areas.

This book presents and discusses various urban transition strategies, action plans and programs that have been proposed or even conducted in different countries all over the world. Different countries require different strategies, but they all have the same goal in mind, each of them trying to address urban complexities and cope with the rapid pace at which the world is evolving.


1. Rotterdam Resilience Strategy, Rotterdam, Munir Khader.
2. Sustainable Florianópolis Action Plan, Santa Catarina, Flavia Hollerweger.
3. “Recife 500 Anos” Plan, Recife, Maria Carolina Arruda.
4. Greenest City 2020, Vancouver, Hala Rahoui.
5. The Grandeur Nature Plan, Eurométropole of Strasbourg, Luc Voelkel.
6. The Car-free Livability Programme, Oslo, Michael Minja.
7. A Carbon-free City, Uppsala, Bérénice Journet.
8. The Bicycle Strategy 2011–2025, Copenhagen, Esraa Elesawy.
9. Smart and Digital City Action Plan, Montreal, Daniel Carl Nunoo.
10. A Smart City Master plan, Kigali, Haley Burns.
11. The Array of Things, Chicago, Leonardo Ricaurte.
12. 22@Barcelona Project, Barcelona, Jassmin Ali.

About the authors/editors

Nicolas Douay is Professor of Urban Planning at University of Grenoble Alpes, France, where he teaches at the Institute of Urban Planning and Alpine Geography and conducts research at Pacte, a social science research center.

Michael Minja is an architect from Tanzania and a recent Urban Planning Master’s degree graduate from the University of Grenoble Alpes, France. He has worked as a freelance architect and has also taken part in various urban planning workshops, symposiums and research.