17 September 2019

Understanding the planet we live in


Understanding the planet we live in, from an urban perspective, has become central in indulging the present and envisioning the future of the urban condition. The urban condition has been, however, profoundly transformed. New forms of urban governance, urbanization, planning, and place making are manifesting throughout the world. 

The insights from various disciplines can enrich understandings of the way place and space are governed, with an eye on democratic decision-making and long-term sustainable perspectives. The production and reproduction of urban space as a distinctiveness, a dense, bounded spatial unit whose existence and developmental dynamics can be comprehensively explained, promoted, and managed, through an appeal to multidisciplinary structures of conceptual arrangements, today remains as robust as ever (Brenner, 2018). 

Urban space, therefore, reflects the dominant social, political, and economic powers and values of the time and jurisdiction where it is produced. The widespread challenge for growing mega-cities and urban-regions is to create urban spaces that meet people's needs as individuals and members of a community while also resolving large-scale demands on infrastructure, transportation and housing but lowering the environmental footprint of urban development.



Brenner, N. (2018). Debating planetary urbanization: For an engaged pluralism. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 36(3), 570–590.

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