Water and the City Risk, Resilience and Planning for a Sustainable Future

ISBN-10: 0415553334
ISBN-13: 9780415553339
Edition: 2011
Authors: Iain White
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Book details

Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 8/30/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 210
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Droughts, floods, location and availability of water all have a marked effect on the position and development of cities. Proximity to a readily accessible supply of water, but with as little danger as possible, was always a foundation in the creation of new towns. In modern times, technological advances have allowed us to live far from, or very close to, bodies of water. This should have led to reliable, sophisticated systems allowing us easy access to safe amounts of water. However, as has been seen in recent decades, excess and scarcity of water have been common.With surging populations, climate change and developing urban environments, what seems like a simple problem of water control in and around the city is anything but. Water and the City is a starting point for debate upon what steps can be taken to reduce hazards from water, while additionally using planning and risk analysis to identify possible methods for increasing the resilience of the city against water shortages or surpluses.Iain White's book draws together information on population, water studies and spatial planning to create a comprehensive textbook on the relationship between water and the city. Part of the hugely popular Built and Natural Environment series, this is a welcome addition to a staple list for all geography, urban design and planning students.

Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgements
The past, present and future context
Nature, climate and hazard
Adapting to urban risk
The development of urban form
Progress and nature
A vision of a city
Mastering the weather
Unpacking 'natural' disasters
How natural are 'natural' disasters?
Conclusion
Drivers for change
From Homo sapiens to Homo urbanus?
Population growth and land use
Awareness of the impact of humanity
An improved means to an unimproved end
A changing climate
Climatic impacts
Responding to drivers
Conclusion
The problems of water in the city
Too much water in the city
Flooding and land use controls
The evolution of flooding and land use
The scope of flooding
Flooding from watercourses
Flooding from coasts and estuaries
Flooding from surface water and drains
Flooding from groundwater
Unpacking spatial vulnerability
Wider flooding impacts
Conclusion
Too little water in the city
The exploitation of water
The scope of water scarcity
The water supply infrastructure
Water and growth
Domestic water use
Virtual water use
Reflecting upon water scarcity and the city
Conclusion
Towards a conceptual framework
Risk, resilience and spatial planning
Towards a framing concept
Lost in translation?
The evolution of risk
From act of god to act of humanity to act of planners?
Deconstructing risk
Deconstructing resilience
Risk, resilience and water in the city
The perception of risk
Conclusion
Principles of intervention
A basis for intervention
Linking risk, resilience and uncertainty with adaptation and mitigation
A conceptual framework of risk
Engaging with uncertainty
The production of knowledge
The application of knowledge
Beyond spatial planning
Conclusion
Planning for a sustainable future
Hazard and resilience in the city
Managing hazard
Soft infrastructure
The application of SUDS
Green infrastructure
The application of green infrastructure
Reflecting upon infrastructure and resilience
Future housing growth and hazard
Conclusion
Exposure and resilience in the city
Unpacking exposure
Exposure and spatial planning
Exposure to flooding
Addressing exposure to flooding
Exposure to water scarcity
Addressing exposure to water scarcity
Conclusion
Vulnerability and resilience in the city
Managing vulnerability
Resilience and outcome vidnerability
Resistance, resilience and repairability
Resilience and contextual vulnerability
Addressing contextual vulnerability
Conclusion
Towards a more sustainable city
Impacts and intervention
Where to begin
A period of managerial shifts
Envisioning a water resilient city
The past, present and future context
The problems of water in the city
Towards a conceptual framework
Planning for a sustainable future
Bibliography
Index

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