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

part I|86 pages

Comparative urbanism

part I.I|29 pages

Arguments and observations

chapter 1|13 pages

Comparative Urbanism

Design in translation

chapter 2|12 pages

Fishbowl City

Postcolonial Los Angeles and the philosophy of the urban

part I.II|54 pages

Regional experiences

chapter 3|12 pages

Globalization, Resiliency, and Change

Latin American urban design in the 21st century

chapter 4|13 pages

Spatial Justice and Urban Design

The case of Southern African settlements

chapter 5|13 pages

The Fading Pulse of Place

Eastern Mediterranean cities in the neoliberal era

chapter 6|12 pages


The urbanism of rapidly growing cities in the Gulf region

part II|273 pages


part II.I|38 pages

Claims and conflicts

chapter 7|11 pages

Immigrants, Mosques, and Religious Pluralism

Challenges for urban design and planning

chapter 8|12 pages

Claiming Ordinary Space in the “Cosmopolitan Grid”

The case of Singapore

part II.II|66 pages


chapter 13|14 pages

Urban Design and Informal Urbanism

Case studies from Delhi and Mumbai

chapter 14|12 pages

The Everyday Exceptionalism of Temporary Settlements

The role of urban design response

part II.III|64 pages

Explosive growth versus shrinkage

chapter 15|13 pages

The Insurmountable Opportunities of Explosive Growth

Urban design in China

chapter 17|13 pages

Shrinking Cities, Shrinking World

Urban design for an emerging era of global population decline

chapter 18|11 pages

From Abandonment to Urban Qualities?

Urban design strategies for shrinking cities in Germany and the United States

chapter 19|12 pages

Designing the Shrinking City

part II.IV|29 pages

Large-scale development

chapter 21|14 pages

From Town Hall to Town Plan

The case of Byblos, Lebanon

part II.V|30 pages

Gentrification and displacement

part II.VI|43 pages

Mimesis and simulacra

chapter 24|10 pages

Between Simulation and Authenticity

The question of urban remaking

chapter 25|8 pages

Glocalizing Themed Spaces

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

chapter 26|10 pages

Travels in Duplitecture

part III|306 pages


part III.I|52 pages

Resilience and sustainability

chapter 28|14 pages

Pursuing Resilient Urban Design

Equitably merging green and gray strategies

chapter 29|12 pages

Reducing Vulnerabilities through Urban Design

Interventions for resilience in communities at risk 1

chapter 30|11 pages

Planning the Risk City

Emerging practices

part III.III|42 pages


chapter 35|13 pages

Broadening Heritage Conservation through Urban Design

Perspectives from Asia

chapter 36|14 pages

Heart of Shenzhen

The movement to preserve “Ancient” Hubei Village

chapter 37|13 pages

Planning Modernity in Kabul

Urban design as developmental politics

part III.IV|26 pages


chapter 39|14 pages

Toward Transformative Urban Spatial Change

Views from Jakarta

part III.V|49 pages


chapter 40|14 pages

Tarzan vs. IBM

Value paradigms of urban technologies

chapter 42|10 pages

Designing Cities within Emerging Geographies

The work of Senseable City Lab

chapter 43|11 pages

Intelligence for Place-Making and Social Inclusion

Critiques and alternatives to India’s Smart Cities Mission

part III.VI|52 pages

Mobility and access

chapter 44|14 pages

Accessibility-Oriented Urban Design

chapter 46|12 pages

Modernism, Pedestrians, and Public Space

A century of North American street design

part III.VII|40 pages

Arts and culture

chapter 48|12 pages

Designing the Inclusive City

Urban cultures, street arts, and public life

chapter 49|12 pages

Painting Insurgent Artscapes

chapter |3 pages