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Planning Sustainable Cities


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Table of Contents

Part I: Challenges and Context

1. Urban Challenges and the Need to Revisit Urban Planning

2. Understanding the Diversity of Urban Contexts

Part II: Global Trends: The Urban Planning Process (Procedural)

3. The Emergence and Spread of Contemporary Urban Planning

4. The Institutional and Regulatory Framework for Planning

5. Planning, Participation and Politics

Part III: Global Trends: The Content Of Urban Plans (Substantive)

6. Bridging the Green and Brown Agendas

7. Planning and Informality

8. Planning, Spatial Structure of Cities and Provision of Infrastructure

Part IV: Global Trends: Monitoring, Evaluation And Education

9. The Monitoring and Evaluation of Urban Plans
10. Planning Education

Part V: Future Policy Directions

11. Towards a New Role for Urban Planning

Part VI: Statistical Annex

About the Author

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) is the agency responsible for coordinating human settlements issues within the United Nations system. It promotes economically productive, socially inclusive and environmentally liveable cities, towns and rural settlements, as well as adequate shelter for all.


'This report documents many effective and equitable examples of sustainable urbanization that are helping to define a new role for urban planning. I commend its information and analysis to all who are interested in promoting economically productive, environmentally safe and socially inclusive towns and cities.' From the Foreword by BAN KI-MOON, Secretary-General, United Nations 'Todya's Books put Planning Sustainable Cities on the 'A-List!' Kelly Spann, Today's Books. 'This will be invaluable to anyone seeking a comprehensive review of global problems in this field.' Library Journal, May 2010. 'A great reference book' Built Environment 'This book is of interest of those who are interested in promoting sustainable process, and is particularly useful in pointing out new directions and in providing recent effective and equitable examples.' Lia Maria Dias Bezerra, University of Brasilia,Urban Research and Practice

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