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The SAGE Key Concepts series provides students with accessible and authoritative knowledge of the essential topics in a variety of disciplines. Cross-referenced throughout, the format encourages critical evaluation through understanding.

Written by experienced and respected academics, the books are indispensable study aids and guides to comprehension.

Key Concepts in Urban Studies:

Clearly and concisely explains the basic ideas in the interdisciplinary field of urban studies; Offers concise discussions of concepts ranging from community, neighbourhood, and the city to globalization, the New Urbanism, feminine space, and urban problems; Constitutes a re-examination of the key ideas in the field; Is illustrated throughout with international examples; Provides an essential reference guide for all students and teachers across the urban disciplines within sociology, political science, planning and geography.

New Urbanism
New urbanism

New Urbanism is an intellectual movement of architects and planners that is opposed to the normative growth patterns of our society exemplified by suburban sprawl and restrictive residential enclaves. Among the principles they advocate are, on the one hand, a return to citizen participation in the planning process and, on the other, the conception of plans that involve the three forms of neighborhood, district and corridor.

‘Explicitly rejecting the dominance of specialized professionals such as zoning lawyers and civil engineers, New Urbanites involve every stakeholder in the planning of a neighborhood, via no-holds barred brainstorming sessions (charettes) that emerge with practical, physical designs. The Charter of New Urbanism states, “We are committed to re-establishing the relationship between the art of building and the making of community, through citizen-based participatory planning and design”.’ (Fichman and Fowler, ...

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