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Urban Challenges

Design Thinking for the Future of Urban Regions


  • Models, tools and ideas for the design of healthy cities
  • How urban research by design addresses urgent problems such as climate change, inequality, and large-scale migration
  • Best Dutch Book Designs 2017 Award!

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2017, trancityxvaliz with Lectorate Future Urban Regions and the Academies of Architecture in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Groningen, Arnhem, Tilburg and Maastricht | supported by Creative Industries Fund NL, Van Eesteren-Fluck & Van Lohuizen Foundation | paperback | 320 pp. | 23 x 17 cm (h x w) | separate English and Dutch language editions | ISBN 978-94-92095-33-6

The future of humanity is urban. We are facing major problems such as climate change, social inequality, large-scale migration, and resource depletion. Cities (and those who 'make' the city) play an important role in addressing these problems. In Urban Challenges, Resilient Solutions the 'Future Urban Regions Lectorate' offers designers, their commissioners and (local) governments new models and ideas to deal with healthy urban development. Illustrated by more than fifty case studies and global examples, this book offers a toolkit for those interested in implementing research by design and healthy urban regions.

Contributors: Sandra van Assen, Tijs van den Boomen, Marco Broekman, Guido van Eyck, Eric Frijters, Marieke Kums, Willemijn Lofvers, Saskia Naafs, Thijs van Spaandonk, Ady Steketee, Franz Ziegler