This successful title, previously known as 'Building the 21st Century Home' and now in its second edition, explores and explains the trends and issues that underlie the renaissance of UK towns and cities and describes the sustainable urban neighbourhood as a model for rebuilding urban areas.

The book reviews the way that planning policies, architectural trends and economic forces have undermined the viability of urban areas in Britain since the Industrial Revolution. Now that much post-war planning philosophy is being discredited we are left with few urban models other than garden city inspired suburbia. Are these appropriate in the 21st century given environmental concerns, demographic change, social and economic pressures? The authors suggest that these trends point to a very different urban future.

The authors argue that we must reform our towns and cities so that they become attractive, humane places where people will choose to live. The Sustainable Urban Neighbourhood is a model for such reform and the book describes what this would look like and how it might be brought about.

chapter |15 pages


part |64 pages

The Origins

chapter |18 pages

The flight from the city

chapter |10 pages

Lost Utopias

chapter |14 pages

The taming of the city

part |58 pages

The Influences

chapter |18 pages

Climate Change

Environmental pressures on future settlements

chapter |13 pages


Changing household characteristics and the 21st century home

chapter |10 pages


Social sustainability in the suburb and city

chapter |14 pages


The economy of urban development

part |147 pages

The Sustainable Urban Neighbourhood

chapter |24 pages

Urban repopulation

chapter |24 pages

The eco-neighbourhood

chapter |36 pages

Urban building blocks

chapter |16 pages

The sociable neighbourhood

chapter |24 pages

A model neighbourhood?