The New Companion to Urban Design continues the assemblage of rich and critical ideas about urban form and design that began with the Companion to Urban Design (Routledge, 2011). With chapters from a new set of contributors, this sequel offers a more comparative perspective representing multiple voices and perspectives from the Global South.

The essays in this volume are organized in three parts: Part I: Comparative Urbanism; Part II: Challenges; and Part III: Opportunities. Each part contains distinct sections designed to address specific themes, and includes a list of annotated suggested further readings at the end of each chapter. Part I: Comparative Urbanism examines different variants of urbanism in the Global North and the Global South, produced by a new economic order characterized by the mobility of labor, capital, information, and technology. Part II: Challenges discusses some of the contemporary challenges that cities of the Global North and the Global South are facing and the possible role of urban design. This part discusses spatial claims and conflicts, challenges generated by urban informality, explosive growth or dramatic shrinkage of the urban settlement, gentrification and displacement, and mimesis, simulacra and lack of authenticity. Part III: Aspirations discusses some normative goals that urban design interventions aspire to bring about in cities of the Global North and the Global South. These include resilience and sustainability, health, conservation/restoration, justice, intelligence, access and mobility, and arts and culture.

The New Companion to Urban Design is primarily intended for scholars and graduate students interested in cities and their built environment. It offers an invaluable and up-to-date guide to current thinking across a range of disciplines including urban design, planning, urban studies, and geography.

chapter |8 pages


Challenges and aspirations of urban design
Edited ByTridib Banerjee, Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris

part Part I|86 pages

Comparative urbanism

part Part I.I|29 pages

Arguments and observations

chapter 1|13 pages

Comparative Urbanism

Design in translation
ByFran Tonkiss

chapter 2|12 pages

Fishbowl City

Postcolonial Los Angeles and the philosophy of the urban
ByAnanya Roy

part Part I.II|54 pages

Regional experiences

chapter 3|12 pages

Globalization, Resiliency, and Change

Latin American urban design in the 21st century
ByLawrence A. Herzog

chapter 4|13 pages

Spatial Justice and Urban Design

The case of Southern African settlements
ByDavid Dewar

chapter 5|13 pages

The Fading Pulse of Place

Eastern Mediterranean cities in the neoliberal era
ByRamzi Farhat

chapter 6|12 pages


The urbanism of rapidly growing cities in the Gulf region
BySurajit Chakravarty

part Part II|273 pages


part Part II.I|38 pages

Claims and conflicts

chapter 7|11 pages

Immigrants, Mosques, and Religious Pluralism

Challenges for urban design and planning
ByStefano Moroni, Francesco Chiodelli, Elena Porqueddu, Anna Botta

chapter 8|12 pages

Claiming Ordinary Space in the “Cosmopolitan Grid”

The case of Singapore
ByFelicity H.H Chan

chapter 9|13 pages

Designing for Difference in Barcelona’s El Raval

ByJeremy Németh

part Part II.II|66 pages


chapter 10|13 pages

Informal Settlement as a Mode of Production

ByKim Dovey

chapter 11|11 pages

The New Geographies and Spatialities of Informality

ByAnnette M. Kim

chapter 12|12 pages

Urban Informality and the City at Night

BySu-Jan Yeo

chapter 13|14 pages

Urban Design and Informal Urbanism

Case studies from Delhi and Mumbai
ByManish Chalana

chapter 14|12 pages

The Everyday Exceptionalism of Temporary Settlements

The role of urban design response
ByRachel Berney

part Part II.III|64 pages

Explosive growth versus shrinkage

chapter 15|13 pages

The Insurmountable Opportunities of Explosive Growth

Urban design in China
ByDaniel B. Abramson

chapter 16|11 pages

Urban Space Design for Hybrid and High-Density Environments

ByIm Sik Cho

chapter 17|13 pages

Shrinking Cities, Shrinking World

Urban design for an emerging era of global population decline
ByBrent D. Ryan

chapter 18|11 pages

From Abandonment to Urban Qualities?

Urban design strategies for shrinking cities in Germany and the United States
ByKarina Pallagst, René Fleschurz, Sabrina Förch

chapter 19|12 pages

Designing the Shrinking City

ByJustin B. Hollander

part Part II.IV|29 pages

Large-scale development

chapter 20|13 pages

The Design of Large-Scale Redevelopment Projects

ByAlexander Garvin

chapter 21|14 pages

From Town Hall to Town Plan

The case of Byblos, Lebanon
BySandra Frem, Hashim Sarkis

part Part II.V|30 pages

Gentrification and displacement

chapter 22|13 pages

Inner-Ring Suburban Retrofit and Neighborhood Change in the Post-Suburban Era

BySuzanne Lanyi Charles, Richard B. Peiser

chapter 23|15 pages

Unsmart Outcomes of the Smart City Initiatives

Displacement and peripheralization in Indian cities
ByDarshini Mahadevia

part Part II.VI|43 pages

Mimesis and simulacra

chapter 24|10 pages

Between Simulation and Authenticity

The question of urban remaking
ByScott A. Lukas

chapter 25|8 pages

Glocalizing Themed Spaces

The creation of urban spaces in China, Asia, and other regions
ByLi Xiangning

chapter 26|10 pages

Travels in Duplitecture

ByBianca Bosker

chapter 27|13 pages

Improvised Urbanism in The Design of India’s Unauthorized Colonies

ByD. Asher Ghertner

part Part III|306 pages


part Part III.I|52 pages

Resilience and sustainability

chapter 28|14 pages

Pursuing Resilient Urban Design

Equitably merging green and gray strategies
ByZachary Lamb, Lawrence J. Vale

chapter 29|12 pages

Reducing Vulnerabilities through Urban Design

Interventions for resilience in communities at risk 1
ByDiane E. Davis

chapter 30|11 pages

Planning the Risk City

Emerging practices
ByYosef Jabareen

chapter 31|13 pages

The Potential of SITES for Urban Design

ByFrederick Steiner, Rebecca S. Popowsky

part Part III.II|41 pages


chapter 32|11 pages

Refocusing Planning and Design to Maximize Public Health Benefits

ByRichard J. Jackson, Rebecca Ferdman

chapter 33|12 pages

A New Health Urbanism

ByJenny Roe

chapter 34|16 pages

Complete and Healthy Streets

ByLawrence Frank, Jared Ulmer, Bruce Appleyard, Alexander Bigazzi

part Part III.III|42 pages


chapter 35|13 pages

Broadening Heritage Conservation through Urban Design

Perspectives from Asia
ByVinayak Bharne

chapter 36|14 pages

Heart of Shenzhen

The movement to preserve “Ancient” Hubei Village
ByMary Ann O’Donnell

chapter 37|13 pages

Planning Modernity in Kabul

Urban design as developmental politics
ByPietro Calogero

part Part III.IV|26 pages


chapter 38|10 pages

Justice and Urban Design

ByBryce C. Lowery, Lisa A. Schweitzer

chapter 39|14 pages

Toward Transformative Urban Spatial Change

Views from Jakarta
ByKian Goh

part Part III.V|49 pages


chapter 40|14 pages

Tarzan vs. IBM

Value paradigms of urban technologies
ByDietmar Offenhuber

chapter 41|12 pages

Smart Citizens, Participatory Urbanism, and the Future of City Design

ByJennifer Stein, Scott Fisher

chapter 42|10 pages

Designing Cities within Emerging Geographies

The work of Senseable City Lab
ByFábio Duarte, Carlo Ratti

chapter 43|11 pages

Intelligence for Place-Making and Social Inclusion

Critiques and alternatives to India’s Smart Cities Mission
ByBalaji Parthasarathy, Brinda Sastry

part Part III.VI|52 pages

Mobility and access

chapter 44|14 pages

Accessibility-Oriented Urban Design

BySusan Handy

chapter 45|13 pages

Mobility, Accessibility, and Urban Form

ByYodan Y. Rofè

chapter 46|12 pages

Modernism, Pedestrians, and Public Space

A century of North American street design
ByPaul Hess, Kelly Gregg, Ryan Whitney

part Part III.VII|40 pages

Arts and culture

chapter 48|12 pages

Designing the Inclusive City

Urban cultures, street arts, and public life
ByRenia Ehrenfeucht

chapter 49|12 pages

Painting Insurgent Artscapes

ByStefano Bloch

chapter 50|14 pages

Urban Design and Public Art on Instagram

ByBrettany Shannon

chapter |3 pages


Edited ByTridib Banerjee, Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris