Sustainable Urban Development and Globalization

New strategies for new challenges—with a focus on the Global South

  • Agostino Petrillo
  • Paola Bellaviti

Part of the Research for Development book series (REDE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxx
  2. Urban Growth and Rising Socio-spatial Inequality: Research Pathways and Approaches to Urban Planning and Governance

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Veronica Vasilescu, Francesca Vigotti, Andrea Cominola
      Pages 117-130
  3. Design Strategies and Building Techniques for Development in Marginal and Rural Areas

  4. Protection and Enhancement of Cultural Heritage Amid Conservation and Development

  5. Integrated Strategies to Reduce the Territorial Risks

  6. Managing the Agro-urban System and the Food-Energy-Water Nexus

  7. The International Workshop “Transforming Johannesburg”. A Multi-disciplinary Action Research on Collaborative Approaches to Socio-ecological Urban Development in Informal Areas

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 463-484

About this book


This book equips readers with a deeper understanding of the challenges posed by radical socioeconomic, environmental, and cultural changes due to globalization and describes effective, sustainable solutions to these challenges. The focus is especially on the rapid urbanization processes in countries of the Global South, which are giving rise to dramatic new problems of spatial and social inequality and difficult environmental challenges in relation to climate change. Readers will gain skills and knowledge that will help them to develop an integrated, multidisciplinary approach to planning, design, and management of urban settlements and territories in contexts with a high level of social, economic, territorial, and landscape vulnerability. The coverage includes, for example, strategies to promote social inclusion, improve housing quality, ensure adequate education, protect cultural heritage, enhance risk management, and address issues in the food-energy-water nexus. Among the authors are leading experts from the Polytechnic University of Milan, where a multidisciplinary set of studies and research projects in the field have been undertaken in recent years.


Rapid urbanization Sustainable cities in the Global South urban growth socio-spatial inequality Design strategies and building technologies cultural heritage amid conservation Territorial risks Food-Energy-Water nexus agro-urban system

Editors and affiliations

  • Agostino Petrillo
    • 1
  • Paola Bellaviti
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Architecture and Urban StudiesPolitecnico di MilanoMilanoItaly
  2. 2.Department of Architecture and Urban StudiesPolitecnico di MilanoMilanoItaly

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