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Complexity and Resilience

Urban Experiences in Southern Europe

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November 2021
9788770226493
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  • ISBN 9788770226493
  • Language English
  • Pages 120 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9"
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November 2021
9788770226486
More details
  • Publisher
    River Publishers
  • ISBN 9788770226486
  • Language English
  • Pages 120 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9"
$47.50

Processes driving urban growth are inherently related to multiple socio-economic factors, making the analysis of urban form and functions a challenging and complicated endeavor. Several fundamental factors and contextual indicators contribute to identify the main determinants of urban growth; these include economic and demographic variables, the socio-spatial structure, territorial patterns, institutional, religious and cultural attributes. Understanding spatio-temporal patterns of economic resilience can support the adoption of explicit developmental policies addressing specificities and local weaknesses of regional contexts.

Thirty years after the seminal work entitled "The Mediterranean City in Transition" by Lila Leontidou, the present contribution reformulates a narrative framework interpreting the medium-term evolution of Southern European cities and generalizes this framework to analyze other metropolitan areas with similar morphological and functional characteristics worldwide. Going beyond traditional Mediterranean discourses grounded on economic backwardness, social secularism, and demographic mix, an original interpretation of Mediterranean urbanities is proposed related to the local governance, real estate bubbles, land-use mix, and deregulation in urban expansion. Focusing on socioeconomic development processes in the Northern Mediterranean, the lost opportunity to reduce regional disparities and to give value to scenic and cultural values of the cities and the surrounding countryside are additional issues considered in this vision. Based on a narrative analysis of ecologically fragile and socially fragmented Mediterranean contexts, the pervasiveness of a structural crisis--affecting regional and country economic systems, while infiltrating the institutions, local governance systems, and the society--is finally debated as a contribution to a better understanding of complex urbanities worldwide.

1: Complexifying urban histories: the Mediterranean perspective -- Samaneh Sadat Nickayin, Kostas Rontos, Luca Salvati, Giovanni Quaranta

2: Thirty Years Later: Homage (and Criticism) to Mediterranean Cities -- Samaneh Sadat Nickayin, Adele Sateriano, Rosanna Salvia, Luca Salvati

3: Lost in complexity, found in diversity: a summary look of the social geography of a Mediterranean city -- Jesus Rodrigo Comino, Gianluigi Salvucci, Gianluca Ladaga, Luca Salvati

4: Economic transformations and suburban expansion in the Mediterranean city: metropolitan spaces revisited -- Antonio Gimenez Morera, Gianluca Egidi, Anastasios Mavrakis, Luca Salvati

5: Socioeconomic resilience and the background local context: Related variety matters -- Barbara Ermini, Sirio Cividino, Kostas Rontos, Luca Salvati

Samaneh Sadat Nickayin

Samaneh Sadat Nickayin is a lecturer at Agricultural University of Iceland. She moved to Italy at a young age to pursue studies in Landscape Architecture. She received her Ph.D. in Landscape and Environment from “Sapienza” (March 2018) and her Ph.D. thesis has been elected as the winner of ECLAS Annual Awards 2018 – Outstanding Student Award, 3rd cycle. She graduated with honors from “Sapienza” with a master thesis entitled “Landscape for river reclamation: Meuse river--its floodplain system, identity, and transformation” in Belgium. Before she got into Landscape studies, she received a Bachelor of Computer Hardware Engineering (Tehran, 2002-2006). Prior to attending Ph.D. program, she worked for several Architectural Firms, winning several national and international competitions. She was engaged on issues ranging from Urban renewal to Green Infrastructure and Water System management, working in New Zealand, Turkey, Italy and Iran. She has conducted field research at The University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design (2017) and Université de Liège (2012). Prior to moving to Iceland, she was the former teaching assistant of Prof. Franco Zagari and Prof. Fabio Di Carlo at Sapienza. Samaneh’s research interests focus on solving Large-Scale Planning problems with particular attention to holistic approaches. She is the author of many essays in journals and books.

Spatial planning; urbanization; sustainable development; economic crisis; Mediterranean Europe