Smart, Resilient and Transition Cities - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128114773

Smart, Resilient and Transition Cities

1st Edition

Emerging Approaches and Tools for A Climate-Sensitive Urban Development

Authors: Adriana Galderisi Angela Colucci
Paperback ISBN: 9780128114773
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 1st August 2018
Page Count: 200
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Smart, Resilient and Transition Cities: Emerging Approaches and Tools for Climate-Sensitive Urban Development starts with a presentation of the three widespread urban examples, which are gaining increasing attention from urban planners and decision-makers. The authors then go on to assess approaches to climate issues, highlighting the crucial role of cities and providing an overview of the numerous strategies and initiatives promoted by the European Union (guidelines, platforms, networks, research projects, etc.) to counterbalance climate change. The positive and negative aspects of current practices are highlighted, addressing mitigation and/or adaptation issues undertaken by the EU cities. The reader is also provided with an overview of "bottom-up" initiatives and practices promoted by local stakeholders’ partnerships and addressed to enhance urban resilience in the face of climate change. The book concludes with an informative discussion on the lessons learnt from the case studies and provides guidelines for developing an integrated climate strategy, 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 this approach the authors explore the strengths and weaknesses of formal 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 so helps them to overcome current segregated approaches to climate issues.

Key Features

  • Provides a framework for the necessary links between resilience, smart growth, low-carbon urbanism, climate-friendly cities and transition cities, all of which is highly needed when examining climate policy
  • Focuses on the governance processes and lessons learned, leading to an increased visibility and viability of these sustainability initiatives
  • Includes case studies which provide practical examples about how cities can plan for and adapt to the Includes case studies which provide practical examples illustrating how cities can plan for and adapt to the consequences of global climate change


Researchers, graduate students, urban planning professionals and climatologists

Table of Contents


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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 and Peculiarities of Current Urban Metaphors

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, G. Evans, 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. "Just Transition" Discourse in Newcastle: Opportunities and Barriers

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




29. Integrated knowledge in Climate Change Adaptation and Risk Mitigation to Support Land Use and Spatial Planning

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

A. Galderisi, A. Colucci


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About the Author

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

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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