Introduction: Introducing Urban Alternatives

  • Jens Kaae FiskerEmail author
  • Letizia Chiappini
  • Lee Pugalis
  • Antonella Bruzzese


This chapter introduces the key themes of the book with a point of departure in the discussion of the rationale for seeking to enable alternative urban futures. A brief diagnosis of the current urban condition is conducted, resulting in a range of challenge/possibility pairs that set the tone for the kinds of urban issues dealt with in the book. The chapter also includes a discussion on the new urban agenda recently introduced by the United Nations. Finally, it sets conceptual markers for the following chapters by exploring key concepts such as ‘enabling’, ‘the urban’, and ‘alternatives’. Introductions to the three parts of the book as well as brief summaries of the chapters are also provided.


Enabling Alternatives The urban New Urban Agenda 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jens Kaae Fisker
    • 1
    Email author
  • Letizia Chiappini
    • 2
    • 3
  • Lee Pugalis
    • 4
  • Antonella Bruzzese
    • 5
  1. 1.Danish Centre for Rural Research, University of Southern DenmarkEsbjergDenmark
  2. 2.Urban Studies URBEURUniversity of Milano BicoccaMilanItaly
  3. 3.Geography, Planning and International DevelopmentUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamNetherlands
  4. 4.University of Technology SydneyUltimoAustralia
  5. 5.Dipartimento di Architettura e Studi UrbaniPolitecnico di MilanoMilanItaly

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