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Sustainable Urban Development and Globalization

New strategies for new challenges—with a focus on the Global South

  • Agostino Petrillo
  • Paola Bellaviti

Part of the Research for Development book series (REDE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxx
  2. Urban Growth and Rising Socio-spatial Inequality: Research Pathways and Approaches to Urban Planning and Governance

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Veronica Vasilescu, Francesca Vigotti, Andrea Cominola
      Pages 117-130
  3. Design Strategies and Building Techniques for Development in Marginal and Rural Areas

  4. Protection and Enhancement of Cultural Heritage Amid Conservation and Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 219-219

About this book


This book equips readers with a deeper understanding of the challenges posed by radical socioeconomic, environmental, and cultural changes due to globalization and describes effective, sustainable solutions to these challenges. The focus is especially on the rapid urbanization processes in countries of the Global South, which are giving rise to dramatic new problems of spatial and social inequality and difficult environmental challenges in relation to climate change. Readers will gain skills and knowledge that will help them to develop an integrated, multidisciplinary approach to planning, design, and management of urban settlements and territories in contexts with a high level of social, economic, territorial, and landscape vulnerability. The coverage includes, for example, strategies to promote social inclusion, improve housing quality, ensure adequate education, protect cultural heritage, enhance risk management, and address issues in the food-energy-water nexus. Among the authors are leading experts from the Polytechnic University of Milan, where a multidisciplinary set of studies and research projects in the field have been undertaken in recent years.


Rapid urbanization Sustainable cities in the Global South urban growth socio-spatial inequality Design strategies and building technologies cultural heritage amid conservation Territorial risks Food-Energy-Water nexus agro-urban system

Editors and affiliations

  • Agostino Petrillo
    • 1
  • Paola Bellaviti
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Architecture and Urban StudiesPolitecnico di MilanoMilanoItaly
  2. 2.Department of Architecture and Urban StudiesPolitecnico di MilanoMilanoItaly

About the editors

Paola Bellaviti, BA (Hons, cum laude) (Architecture), PhD (Urban Planning), has had a long career as a researcher on housing and urban policies and participatory approaches to design and planning. She has worked both within academic settings (Politecnico di Milano; Politecnico di Torino; IUAV, Venice) and at other research centers of national relevance. In 2001 she joined the Department of Architecture and Urban Studies (DAStU) at the Politecnico di Milano, where she coordinates research programs, often international, focused on collaborative-participatory urban planning methods to improve living conditions and well-being in urban areas, especially in more marginalized contexts. In more recent years she has coordinated the activities of the Laboratory for International Cooperation at DAStU, applying approaches and tools for inclusive and sustainable urban development in countries of the Global South. She has also had a significant and continuing career as an Adjunct Professor on various courses and is the author of numerous book chapters and journal articles.

Agostino Petrillo, BA (Hons, cum laude) (Architecture, Philosophy), PhD (Sociology), is Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture and Urban Studies (DAStU), Politecnico di Milano, Italy, where he teaches courses on Urban Sociology, Sociology, and Sociology of the Environment. Dr. Petrillo is a member of the editorial or scientific boards and a reviewer for a number of Italian journals. He is also a scientific board or doctoral college member for various academic and scientific associations. His research work focuses on cities, urban conflicts, globalization, and immigration. Dr. Petrillo has participated in international research projects such as the 2001 Program Interreg IIC on Metropolization and Peripheries (in collaboration with Genoa University) and Tresegy (2009): Transnational Research on second generation youth in Europe. He has authored seven books on subjects in his field

and co-edited a further three. He is also the author of many journal articles and book chapters.

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