This handbook addresses a growing list of challenges faced by regions and cities in the Pacific Rim, drawing connections around the what, why, and how questions that are fundamental to sustainable development policies and planning practices. These include the connection between cities and surrounding landscapes, across different boundaries and scales; the persistence of environmental and development inequities; and the growing impacts of global climate change, including how physical conditions and social implications are being anticipated and addressed. Building upon localized knowledge and contextualized experiences, this edited collection brings attention to place-based approaches across the Pacific Rim and makes an important contribution to the scholarly and practical understanding of sustainable urban development models that have mostly emerged out of the Western experiences. Nine sections, each grounded in research, dialogue, and collaboration with practical examples and analysis, focus on a theme or dimension that carries critical impacts on a holistic vision of city-landscape development, such as resilient communities, ecosystem services and biodiversity, energy, water, health, and planning and engagement.

This international edited collection will appeal to academics and students engaged in research involving landscape architecture, architecture, planning, public policy, law, urban studies, geography, environmental science, and area studies. It also informs policy makers, professionals, and advocates of actionable knowledge and adoptable ideas by connecting those issues with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations. The collection of writings presented in this book speaks to multiyear collaboration of scholars through the APRU Sustainable Cities and Landscapes (SCL) Program and its global network, facilitated by SCL Annual Conferences and involving more than 100 contributors from more than 30 institutions.

The Open Access version of chapters 1, 2, 4, 11, 17, 23, 30, 37, 42, 49, and 56 of this book, available at https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9781003033530, have been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.


chapter 1|13 pages

Sustainable cities and landscapes

Cultivating infrastructures of health

chapter 2|8 pages

The APRU Sustainable Cities and Landscapes Hub

A platform for collaborative knowledge production and action

chapter 3|14 pages

Learning spaces of policy mobility for sustainable cities and landscapes

The role of researchers and educators

part Section 1|94 pages

Vulnerable communities, resilience, and climate justice

chapter 4|9 pages

Introduction to Section 1

Vulnerable communities, resilience, and climate justice

chapter 5|18 pages

Understanding vulnerability in cities

Perspectives from APRU Vulnerable Communities working group participants

chapter 9|10 pages

Re-imagining our ancestors

Dispossession, resilience, and volatile nature

chapter 10|11 pages

Future cities

part Section 2|77 pages

Food and nutrition security

chapter 11|9 pages

Introduction to Section 2

Food and nutrition security

part Section 3|90 pages

Cities and biodiversity

chapter 17|8 pages

Introduction to Section 3

Cities and biodiversity

part Section 4|94 pages


chapter 23|6 pages

Introduction to Section 4


chapter 24|14 pages

Redrawing our urban waters

Merging design, law, and policy in advancing distributed water systems

chapter 26|14 pages

Reservoir urbanism in Shenzhen

chapter 27|11 pages

Living on water

Amphibious communities in the Amazon Rainforest

chapter 28|17 pages

A classic case of the struggle to control a river

Is it wise to sacrifice the social and ecological functions of the river for flood safety?

chapter 29|15 pages

Watershed Thinking

Landscape-city practices

part Section 5|102 pages

Renewable energy landscapes across the Pacific Rim

chapter 30|5 pages

Introduction to Section 5

renewable energy landscapes across the Pacific Rim

chapter 34|22 pages

Co-location for co-benefits

The SWOC analysis of brightfields and agrivoltaics

part Section 6|67 pages

Greenspace for healthy living

chapter 37|10 pages

Introduction to Section 6

Greenspace for healthy living

chapter 38|13 pages

People in changing landscapes

Trends and interventions in fostering human–nature interaction

chapter 41|13 pages

From research to practice

Bridging the “knowledge-action” gap

part Section 7|94 pages

Urban design and place making

chapter 42|8 pages

Introduction to Section 7

Urban design and place making

chapter 43|16 pages

Urban green infrastructure as landscape-led planning

From the region to the streetscape

chapter 44|15 pages

Remaking public space for cooler, greener outcomes

a case study from Western Sydney

chapter 46|13 pages

Architectural integration of solar energy at the urban scale

Case studies and potentials

chapter 47|12 pages

Enhancing well-being and housing satisfaction through density

Resident perceptions in Auckland, New Zealand

part Section 8|111 pages

Smart sustainable cities

chapter 49|11 pages

Introduction to Section 8

Smart sustainable city initiative and its social and economic implications

chapter 50|17 pages

Smart cities in the Pacific Rim

A mapping of urban evolution in the Pacific

chapter 51|17 pages

Envisioning urban commons as civic assemblages in the digitally augmented city

A critical urbanism exploration of counterhegemonic individuation in the age of networked translocalism, multi-associative transduction and recombinant transculturalism

chapter 54|13 pages

Rethinking streets with disruptive forces

How new mobility and responses to COVID advance street design

chapter 55|17 pages

Does disruptive mobility drive urban sustainability?

Two possible scenarios for Auckland, New Zealand (Aotearoa)

part Section 9|112 pages

Co-production for sustainable development

chapter 56|9 pages

Introduction to Section 9

Co-production for sustainable development

chapter 57|14 pages

Engaged scholarship and co-production

The role of higher education institutions in urban sustainability – a Pacific Rim perspective

chapter 58|10 pages

Structural erasure of Japanese Americans in Pre-WWII Tacoma, WA

Working to imagine alternative futures

chapter 59|14 pages

Chicana neighborhood activism

Gender, race, and sustainability

chapter 62|15 pages

The co-production of risk knowledge

Initiatives emerging from Super Typhoon Haiyan

chapter 63|7 pages

An Indigenous Feminist lens

Dismantling the settler-colonial narratives of place-based knowledges in a climate justice world

chapter 64|12 pages

Making sense of an emergent crisis

The case of the pandemic urbanism symposium