Many of our global cities are distressed and facing a host of issues: economic collapse in the face of rising expectations, social disintegration and civil unrest, and ecological degradation and the threats associated with climate change, including more frequent and more severe natural disasters. Our long-held assumptions about man and nature and how they interact are defunct. We realize now that we can no longer continue to build without addressing the long-term impacts of our actions and their spillovers. Energy and natural resources are finite. The way we configure economies has come into question. In the developed world, especially in the United States, infrastructure and the notions that underpin it are outdated. Meanwhile, the developing world is experiencing major, rapid transformations in lifestyles and economies that are affecting billions of people and requiring a whole new way of planning human settlements. Cities are the key to our future; they represent the most effective vehicle for positive advancements in the human condition and environmental change. This volume argues for the need to redesign and re-plan our cities in holistic ways that reflect our new understanding and relate to their diversity and multi-dimensionality. Presenting a range of case studies from around the world, this volume examines how these distressed cities are dealing with these issues in planning for their future. Alongside these empirical chapters are philosophical essays that consider the future of distressed cities. Bringing together a team of leading scholars, United Nations agencies, non-governmental organizations, private consulting firms, international organizations and foundations, and policy officials, this volume provides a unique and comprehensive overview on how to transform distressed communities into more livable places.

chapter 1|8 pages


ByRobert K. Whelan

chapter 2|22 pages


Resilience and Transformation
ByRobert Mugerauer

chapter 3|20 pages


France's Great Port City Comes Back from the Brink1
ByH.V. Savitch, Doddy Aditya Iskandar, Charles Wharton Kaye-Essien

chapter 4|22 pages

Liverpool Story

Growth, Distress, Reinvention, and Place-Based Strategy in a Northern City
ByDavid Shaw, Olivier Sykes

chapter 5|28 pages

The Evolution of City-Wide Master Plans in the Context of Urban Shrinkage

ByRobin Boyle, Robert Mehregan

chapter 6|16 pages


A Livable City without Zoning?
ByZhu Qian, Elise M. Bright

chapter 7|22 pages

The Transformation of a Mid-Sized Metropolitan Area in Canada

The Case of the Québec City Region
ByMario Carrier, Marius Thériault

chapter 8|22 pages

Rio de Janeiro

Urbanistic Challenges/Experiments for a City at a Crossroads
ByPedro Novais

chapter 9|22 pages

In the Wake of Katrina

Case Studies in Planning for a Healthier and More Sustainable New Orleans
ByRobert W. Becker, Jane S. Brooks

chapter 10|28 pages

Distressed City

The Challenges of Planning and Managing Megacity Jakarta
ByChristopher Silver

chapter 11|20 pages

“Green, Global, and Connected”

Can Sydney Solve its Metropolitan Governance Problems?
ByHeather MacDonald

chapter 12|14 pages

A Transformational Path for Cape Town, South Africa

ByDavid Dewar

chapter 13|20 pages

Twilight in Delhi

The Failure of Slum Rehabilitation Programs in Creating a Healthier City
ByManish Chalana, Susmita Rishi

chapter 14|12 pages

Planning the Recovery

Dubai's Search for a New Model
ByAdnan Husnéin, Surajit Chakravarty

chapter 16|14 pages

Integrated Urban-Rural Planning in China

The Case of Zhenjiang
ByWeiping Wu, Min Zhang, Jianjie Shi, Jingyu Tu

chapter 17|22 pages

Visions of New Urban-Rural Relations and Alternative Definitions of Well-Being in Rapidly Urbanizing China

The Case of Chengdu, Sichuan
ByJiawen Hu, Daniel Benjamin Abramson

chapter 18|14 pages

City Life in Modernizing Societies

ByDaniel J. Monti

chapter 19|22 pages

Best Practice Methods for Cities

State of the Art
ByEugenie L. Birch, Susan M. Wachter, Alexander Keating

chapter 20|4 pages

Conclusions and Lessons Learned

ByFritz W. Wagner, Riad G. Mahayni, Andreas G. Piller