Urban Reports

Urban strategies and visions in mid-sized cities in a local and global context

Edited by Nicola Schüller, Petra Wollenberg, and Kees Christiaanse

Edited by Nicola Schüller, Petra Wollenberg, and Kees Christiaanse

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372 pages | 161 color plates and halftones | 6 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2009
Paper $60.00 ISBN: 9783856762285 Published July 2011 Not for sale in the United Kingdom or Europe

In this ever more globalized world, contemporary cities don’t have the luxury of focusing solely on local problems and issues; they must also concern themselves with questions of global competitiveness, as they vie for jobs and investments not only with their neighbors but with cities around the world. For mid-sized cities, the problem is particularly acute: how are they affected by global trends, and how can they ensure their competitiveness?

Urban Reports brings together representatives from six mid-sized European cities—Amsterdam, Bilbao, Copenhagen, Dublin, Zagreb, and Zürich—to address this problem. They report on successful urban revitalization projects and explain their creative strategies, as well as their practical implementation, and they offer a wide variety of ways that mid-sized cities can map out paths for future growth and international success.
Contents

Introduction
      Kees Christiaanse, Nicola Schüller, and Petra Wollenberg

Global—Local
The European urban condition
      Kees Christiaanse
Urban planning options
      Angelus Eisinger
Notes on the transformation of cities
      Carl Fingerhuth
Vedran Mimica talks to Petra Wollenberg about the mid-sized city
      Vedran Mimica
Showcase city/real city
      Nicola Schüller
Destination Europe
      Petra Wollenberg
Cities I
Amsterdam
People who need people
      Ton Schaap
Globalization in reverse
      Floris Alkemade
Bilbao
Urban strategies in the transformation of Bilbao
      Juan Alvaro Alayo Azcárate
The ‘Abstract Grid’ and Bilbao: a case-study in urban evolution
      Javier Salazar Rückauer
Copenhagen
Copenhagen restructured
      Jens Kvorning
Copenhagen initiatives: potentials of urban public space
      Stig L. Andersson
Dublin
Dick Gleeson talks to Petra Wollenberg about the dynamics of Dublin
      Dick Gleeson
Hinterland
      Michelle Fagan
Zagreb
Zagreb city projects
     Ivica Fanjek
The benefits of disorder
      Sasa Randic
Zurich
Conceptual urbanism
      Franz Eberhard
Zurich: a city searching for its morphological form
      Christian Sumi
Cities II—Comparative Data: Amsterdam, Bilbao, Copenhagen, Dublin, Zagreb, Zurich
Aerial views
Introduction to the data section
Climate
Culture
Dimensions
Ecology
Economy
Health
History
Population
Office rent
Public investments
Tourism
Transportation

Appendix
    Global—Local/Cities I: Illustration credits
    Cites II—Comparative Data: online sources
Acknowledgements
Credits/copyright

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