Smart, Resilient and Transition Cities

Smart, Resilient and Transition Cities

Emerging Approaches and Tools for A Climate-Sensitive Urban Development

1st Edition - July 17, 2018

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  • Authors: Adriana Galderisi, Angela Colucci
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128114773
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128114780

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Smart, Resilient and Transition Cities: Emerging Approaches and Tools for Climate-Sensitive Urban Development starts with a presentation of three widespread Urban Metaphors, which are gaining increasing attention from urban planners and decision-makers: Smart City, Resilient City and Transition Towns, being all of them focused on the need for enhancing cities’ capacities to cope with the multiple and heterogeneous challenges threatening contemporary cities and their future development and, above all, with climate issues. Then, the Authors provide an overview of current large-scale and urban strategies to counterbalance climate change so far undertaken in different geographical contexts (Europe, United States, China, Africa and Australia), shedding light on the different approaches, on the different weights assigned to mitigation and adaptation issues as well as on the main barriers hindering their effectiveness and translation into measurable outcomes. Opportunities and criticalities arising from the rich, ‘sprawled’ and ‘blurred’ landscape of current strategies and initiatives in the face of climate change pave the way to a discussion on the lessons learnt from current initiatives and provide new hints for developing integrated climate strategies, capable to guide planners and decision makers towards a climate sensitive urban development Smart, Resilient and Transition Cities: Emerging Approaches and Tools for Climate-Sensitive Urban Development merges a scientific approach with a pragmatic one. Through a case study approach, the Authors explore strengths and weaknesses of institutional and informal practices to foreshadow innovative paths for an adaptive process of urban governance in the face of climate change. The book guides the reader along new governance paths, characterized by continuous learning and close cooperation and communication among different actors and stakeholders and, in so doing, helps them to overcome current ‘siloed’ approaches to climate issues.

Key Features

  • Links resilience, smart growth, low-carbon urbanism, climate-friendly cities, sustainable development and transition cities, being all these concepts crucial to improve effective climate policies
  • Includes a number of case studies showing how cities, different in size, geographical, cultural and economic contexts are currently dealing with climate issues, grasping synergies and commonalities arising from current institutional practices and transition initiatives
  • Provides strategic and operative guidelines to overcome barriers and critical issues emerging from current practices, promoting cross-sectoral approaches to counterbalance climate change


Urban Planners, Researchers, Graduate and PhD Students, Practitioners, Resilience Managers, City Managers

Table of Contents


    D. Palazzo


    A. Galderisi, A. Colucci



    1. The Smart City Metaphor to Foster Collaborative and Adaptive Decision-Making Processes in the Face of Climate Issues

    A. Galderisi

    2. The Resilient City Metaphor to Enhance Cities’ Capabilities in the Face of Complexities and Uncertainties Arising from Current and Future Climate Scenarios

    A. Galderisi

    3. The Transition Approach in Urban Innovations: Local Responses to Climate Change

    A. Colucci

    4. Smart, Resilient and Transition Cities: Commonalities, Peculiarities and Hints for Future Approaches

    A. Galderisi, A. Colucci




    5. European Strategies and Initiatives to Tackle Climate Change: Towards an Integrated Approach

    A. Galderisi, E. Treccozzi

    6. The American Approach to Climate Change: a General Overview and a Focus on Northern and Artic Regions

    C. Dezio

    7. Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Initiatives in Africa: the Case of the CDKN ‘Working With Informality To Build Resilience In African Cities’ Project

    K.N. Owusu-Daaku, S.K. Diko

    8. Addressing Climate Change in China: Policies and Governance

    G. Heggelund

    9. Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies in the Face of Climate Change: the Australian Approach

    G. Forino, J. von Meding, G. Brewer






    10. European Cities Addressing Climate Change

    G. Limongi

    11. Adaptation and Spatial Planning Responses to Climate Change Impacts in UK: the Case Study of Portsmouth

    D. Cillo

    12. Land-Use Planning and Climate Change Impacts on Coastal Urban Regions: the Cases of Rostock and Riga

    S. Deppisch

    13. Importance of Multi Sector Collaboration in Dealing With Climate Change. The Case of Belgrade

    R. Čolić, M. Maruna

    14. Genoa and Climate Change: Policies and Adaptation

    D. F.Bignami, E.Biagi

    15. The Evolution of Flooding Resilience: the Case of Barcelona

    A. Favaro, L. Chelleri

    16. Athens Facing Climate Change: How Low Perceptions and the Economic Crisis Cancel Institutional Efforts

    K. Sapountzaki

    17. Sustainability of Climate Policy at Local Level: the Case of Gaziantep City

    O. Balaban, B. Gedikli

    18. Towards Integration: Managing the Divergence between National Climate Change Policies and Urban Planning in Ghana

    S.K. Diko

    19. Spatial Planning for Climate Adaptation and Flood Risk: Interpretation of the Sponge City Program in Guangzhou, China.

    M. Meng, M. Dabrowski, F.K, Shun Chan, D. Stead,

    20. Climate Change and Australian Local Governments: Adaptation between Strategic Planning and Challenges in Newcastle (NSW)

    G. Forino, J. von Meding, G. Brewer



    21. Transition Initiatives: Three Exploration Paths

    A. Colucci

    22. Transition Towns Network in United Kingdom: the Case of Totnes

    A. Canzian

    23. Transition Towns Network in Italy: the Case of Monteveglio

    A. Canzian

    24. Model for Integrated Urban Disaster Risk Management at the Local Level: Bottom-Up Initiatives of Academics

    M. Maruna, R. Čolić

    25. Enhancing Community Resilience in Barcelona: Addressing Climate Change and Social Justice Through Spaces of Co-Management

    L.S. Bródy, L. Chelleri, F, Baró, I. Ruiz-Mallen

    26 Barriers to Societal Response and a Strategic Action Plan Towards Climate Change Adaptation and Urban Resilience in Turkey

    F. Atun

    27. Victims or Survivors: Resilience from the Slum Dwellers Perspective in India

    D. Andavarapu, D. Edelman, N. Monangi

    28. Bottom-Up Initiatives for Climate Change Mitigation: Transition Town in Newcastle

    G. Forino, J. von Meding, G. Brewer




    29. Integrated knowledge in climate change adaptation and risk mitigation to support planning for reconstruction

    S. Menoni

    30. Boundaries, Overlaps and Conflicts between DRR and Adaptation to CC. Are there Prospects of Integration?

    K. Sapountzaki

    31. The Contribution of the Economic Thinking to Innovate Disaster Risk Reduction Policies and Action

    G. Pesaro

    32. Flood Resilient Districts: Integrating Expert and Community Knowledge in Genoa

    D. F. Bignami, E. Biagi




    33. Drawing Lessons from Experience

    A. Galderisi, A. Colucci

    34. Future Perspectives: Key Principles for a Climate Sensitive Urban Development

    A. Galderisi, A. Colucci

Product details

  • No. of pages: 320
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2018
  • Published: July 17, 2018
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128114773
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128114780

About the Authors

Adriana Galderisi

Adriana Galderisis is Associate Professor at the Department of Architecture and Industrial Design of the University of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli, teaching Urban Planning and Urban Design in graduate courses in Architecture. Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Naples Federico II. She is also a member of the Coordinating Board of the Thematic Group Resilience and Risk Mitigation Strategies of the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP). Research experience comes from a number of EU funded projects: “ENSURE Project - Enhancing resilience of communities and territories facing natural and na-tech hazards” (VII Framework Program); SCENARIO Project - Support on Common European Strategy for sustainable natural and induced technological hazards mitigation; ARMONIA Project - Applied Multi Risk Mapping of Natural Hazards for Impact Assessment” (VI Framework Program). Adriana has also authored several papers presented at national and international conferences and 90 publications (monographs, chapters in books and scientific articles).

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Architecture and Industrial Design, University of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli

Angela Colucci

Professor Colucci is an architect and PhD in Planning (Politecnico of Milan). She held research grants at Polytechnic of Milan for several years on environmental planning polices and landscaping. She is Adjunct Professor at Politecnico of Milan of courses of Urbanism; Urban Design. As senior partner and CBO of Co.O.Pe.Ra.Te. ldt, she developed activities as independent researcher, consultant and practitioner in the field of environmental and landscape planning and assessment, urban design, urban and territorial resilience and food polices. She is the author of several books and papers on environmental and landscape planning, urban-rural partnerships and food planning, on territory systems resilience. She is the coordinator of the Resilience Practices Observatory (DAStU of Politecnico of Milano and Fondazione CARIPLO). She is a member of the RRMS thematic group of AESOP and president of REsilienceLAB (

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Architecture and Urban Studies (DAStU), Polytechnic of Milan, Italy

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