Understanding the links between urban regeneration and climate-friendly urban development: lessons from two case studies in Japan

Balaban, Osman and Puppim de Oliveira, José A., (2013). Understanding the links between urban regeneration and climate-friendly urban development: lessons from two case studies in Japan. Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability, 19(8), 1-23

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    Author Balaban, Osman
    Puppim de Oliveira, José A.
    Title Understanding the links between urban regeneration and climate-friendly urban development: lessons from two case studies in Japan
    Appearing in Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability   Check publisher's open access policy
    Volume 19
    Issue No. 8
    Publication Date 2013
    Place of Publication London
    Publisher Routledge
    Start page 1
    End page 23
    Language eng
    Abstract Urban regeneration policy and projects could facilitate the implementation of spatial policy responses to mitigate climate change and adapt to its consequences in cities. However, the potential role of urban regeneration in creating climate-friendly urban environments is not sufficiently evaluated and understood. Considering this gap, the paper aims to explore the potential linkage between urban regeneration and climate change. The case study analysis focuses on two urban regeneration projects, representing two major approaches of regeneration practices in Japanese cities, namely “project-based” and “plan-based” approaches. Research findings demonstrate that urban regeneration could help in reorganising existing urban areas in a climate-friendly manner. As a cross-cutting field of urban policy, urban regeneration could also help in creating synergies between mitigation and adaptation goals. Yet, achievement of such outcomes via regeneration projects necessitates the existence of an overriding urban development vision, political commitment, and willingness to implement binding and structural measures.
    Keyword Urban regeneration
    Climate change
    Mitigation
    Adaptation
    Low carbon urbanism
    Compact city
    Copyright Holder Taylor & Francis
    Copyright Year 2013
    Copyright type All rights reserved
    ISSN 1354-9839
    DOI 10.1080/13549839.2013.798634
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