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The City and the Super-Organism

A History of Naturalism in Urban Planning

Palgrave Macmillan

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  • Offers a timely contribution building on recent works that demonstrate the power of ‘biological thinking’

  • Uniquely conceives of biology in city planning, infrastructure, housing and human relationships

  • Comprises a cutting edge resource for researchers and students

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Table of contents (10 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xix
  2. Introduction

    • Marco Amati
    Pages 1-18
  3. A City for ‘Natural Man’

    • Marco Amati
    Pages 19-34
  4. The Vital City

    • Marco Amati
    Pages 51-63
  5. Evolving the City

    • Marco Amati
    Pages 65-89
  6. Urban Social Hygiene

    • Marco Amati
    Pages 91-109
  7. The City of Organic Regularity

    • Marco Amati
    Pages 111-127
  8. European Medicine for American Urbanism

    • Marco Amati
    Pages 147-162
  9. Back Matter

    Pages 175-200

About this book

This book traces how naturalism—the idea of a common theory uniting natural social systems—has contributed to major shifts in urban planning. Beginning in the 17th century, when the human body began to emerge as an inspiration for urban planning, the book examines the work of medical analyses of city life. Responding to the 19th century industrial revolution and 20th century modernism, the Second World War and mass motorisation, Dr Marco Amati shows how vitalism, eugenics, evolutionary theories and medical treatments were applied to understand cities and propose new urban forms. While critically evaluating the uses of naturalism, Amati also observes a renewed interest in the application of sciences to analyse city life, arguing that this is essential to help resolve challenges of human-induced climate change.

Keywords

  • century of biology
  • urban planning history
  • urban metaphors
  • smart cities
  • liveability
  • Urban Geography and Urbanism

Reviews

“Increasingly, we find environmental issues are also urban issues and vice versa. Just as scientific thinking is used to understand nature and environmental problems, it can also be employed to analyze and plan cities. In The City and the Super-Organism, Marco Amati takes us through a critical history of scientific thinking—naturalism, as he calls it—in urban planning, demonstrating its role in the design of cities, and evaluating its benefits and many pitfalls. Amati claims that the use of biological sciences in urban planning, coupled with the social sciences, will be crucial to the future of cities and planetary survival. This is a vital and timely contribution to urban studies in the context of our current climate crisis, and the existential threat of the pandemic. Essential reading for students, teachers, and practitioners of city planning and urban design.” (Tanu Sankalia, University of San Francisco, USA)

Authors and Affiliations

  • School of Global Urban and Social Studies, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

    Marco Amati

About the author

Marco Amati teaches urban planning at the Centre for Urban Research at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. His research interests include understanding urban planning history and mapping the benefits of urban forests.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: The City and the Super-Organism

  • Book Subtitle: A History of Naturalism in Urban Planning

  • Authors: Marco Amati

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-16-3977-7

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Singapore

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2021

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-981-16-3976-0

  • eBook ISBN: 978-981-16-3977-7

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIX, 200

  • Number of Illustrations: 19 b/w illustrations, 17 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Regional Geography, Human Geography, Geography

Buying options

eBook
USD 109.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-981-16-3977-7
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book
USD 139.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)