This book draws on a wide range of conceptual and empirical materials to identify and examine planning and policy approaches that move beyond the imperative of perpetual economic growth. It sketches out a path towards planning theories and practices that can break the cyclical process of urban expansion, crises, and recovery that negatively affect ecosystems and human lives.

To reduce the dramatic social and environmental impact of urbanization, this book offers both a critique of growth-led urban development and a prefiguration of ecologically regenerative and socially just ways of organizing cities and regions. It uncovers emerging possibilities for post-growth planning in the fields of collective housing, mobility, urban commoning, ecological land-use, urban–rural symbiosis, and alternative planning worldviews. It provides a toolkit of concepts and real-life examples for urban scholars, urbanists, activists, architects, and designers seeking to make cities prosper within planetary boundaries.

This book speaks to both experts and beginners in post-growth thinking. It concludes with a manifesto and glossary of key terms for urban scholars, students, and practitioners.

part 1|31 pages


chapter 1|16 pages

Uncoupling planning and economic growth: towards post-growth urban principles

An introduction
ByFederico Savini, António Ferreira, Kim Carlotta von Schönfeld

chapter 2|13 pages

When Greening is not Degrowth

Cost-Shifting Insights
ByMarta Conde, Giacomo D’Alisa, Filka Sekulova

part 2|30 pages


chapter 3|14 pages

Housing commons as a degrowth planning practice

Learning from Amsterdam's de Nieuwe Meent
ByFederico Savini, Daan Bossuyt

chapter 4|14 pages

Dwelling beyond growth

Negotiating the state, mutualism and commons
ByAnitra Nelson, Paul Chatterton

part 3|31 pages


chapter 5|15 pages

Individual well-being beyond mobility growth?

ByLuca Bertolini, Anna Nikolaeva

chapter 6|14 pages

Beyond the rule of growth in the transport sector

Towards “clumsy mobility solutions”?
ByAntónio Ferreira, Kim Carlotta von Schönfeld

part 4|31 pages


chapter 7|15 pages

The City as a Commons

Diffused Governance for Social and Ecological Reproduction
ByMassimo De Angelis

chapter 8|14 pages

Hacking the legal

The commons between the governance paradigm and inspirations drawn from the “living history” of collective land use
ByGiuseppe Micciarelli

part 5|30 pages


chapter 9|14 pages

Planning beyond the backwash of a growth node

Old and new thinking in Cambridgeshire, England and Skåne, Sweden
ByYvonne Rydin

chapter 10|14 pages

Planning law and post-growth transformation

ByJin Xue

part 6|30 pages


chapter 11|14 pages

Nurturing the post-growth city

Bringing the rural back in
ByJulia Spanier, Giuseppe Feola

chapter 12|14 pages

Towards a Post-Growth Food System

The Community as a Cornerstone? Lessons from Two Amsterdam Community-Led Food Initiatives
ByBeatriz Pineda Revilla, Sarah Essbai

part 7|29 pages


chapter 13|14 pages

Becoming a post-growth planner

Inner obstacles to changing roles
ByChristian Lamker, Viola Schulze Dieckhoff

chapter 14|13 pages

Once Upon a Planet

Planning for Transition from Ego-Driven to Eco-Driven Economies
ByLeonie Sandercock

part 8|10 pages


chapter 15|2 pages

A manifesto for post-growth planning

ByFederico Savini, António Ferreira, Kim Carlotta von Schönfeld

chapter 16|6 pages

A glossary of and for post-growth planning

ByFederico Savini, António Ferreira, Kim Carlotta von Schönfeld