Changing Contexts in Urban Regeneration
€ 39,95
6 July 2010
248 pages
DSP Vol. 8
ISBN: 978-90-8594-026-5


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Changing Contexts in Urban Regeneration

By Paul Stouten

Urban renewal plans need to respond to new conditions and requirements, caused by changes in the population and in social structure. That way, urban renewal becomes a sustainable endeavour.

This principle is key to Changing Contexts in Urban Regeneration. It shows that urban renewal should take an integrated approach to the physical, environmental, social and economic programmes, based on fundamental solutions that stand the test of time.

Changing Contexts in Urban Regeneration presents a comprehensive overview of relevant theory, including the socio-spatial characteristics of neighbourhoods and cities; the place of individuals and households in the economic system; and the design form of the housing stock in relation to its usability, valuation, and adaptability.
Next, it evaluates the urban renewal plans that the city of Rotterdam launched in the seventies, drawing international attention at the time, leading to changes in the structures of housing provision, as well as the economic and social context.

The author makes his case by evaluating a major urban renewal plan that has been tested for over 30 years, and connects the academic theory and debate with professional practice.

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Book review(s)

…most discussions of theory and practice simply offer a snapshot in time. Paul Stouten has done a great service in going beyond the normal single episode and offering a comprehensive assessment of the changing regeneration agenda in Rotterdam.
...This is a well- crafted, thoughtful and valuable contribution to our collective capability. “
Peter Roberts - University of Leeds, Professor of Sustainable Spatial Development; Board Member of the UK Homes and Communities Agency; and provisionally Chair of the UK Academy for Sustainable Communities.

...The challenge of urban renewal lies in the sustainability thereof, and its adaptability to ever-present changes in neighbourhoods, for which the social dimension is essential.
This study specifically addresses this issue, making it a valuable contribution to the field. “
Vincent Smit,Chair Urban Development, Haagse Hogeschool, The Netherlands

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