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Sustainable Landscape Planning in Selected Urban Regions

  • Makoto Yokohari
  • Akinobu Murakami
  • Yuji Hara
  • Kazuaki Tsuchiya


  • Addresses diverse environmental, social and planning issues in today’s urban regions from interdisciplinary perspectives

  • Introduces selected urban regions in Asia, Europe and North America, including South-East Asian regions (Bangkok, Jakarta, and Metro Manila and others) that are rarely seen in other sustainability and urban study literatures

  • Provides local and regional planning and policy professionals with innovative ideas on the linkages between urban and rural issues regarding sustainable society


Part of the Science for Sustainable Societies book series (SFSS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Untangling Urban Regions: Theoretical Frameworks for Sustainable Landscape Planning

  3. Diagnosing Urban Regions: Social and Environmental Consequences of Urbanization

  4. Diagnosing Urban Regions: Rural-Urban Linkages and Sustainability Challenges

  5. Transforming Urban Regions: Toward Regional Sustainability

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 185-185

About this book


This book provides a unique contribution to the science of sustainable societies by challenging the traditional concept of rural-urban dichotomy. It combines environmental engineering and landscape sciences perspectives on urban region issues, making the book a unique work in urban study literatures. Today’s extended urban regions often maintain rural features within their boundaries and also have strong social, economic, and environmental linkages with the surrounding rural areas. These intra- and inter- linkages between urban and rural systems produce complex interdependences with global and local sustainability issues, including those of climate change, resource exploitation, ecosystem degradation and human wellbeing. Planning and other prospective actions for the sustainability of urban regions, therefore, cannot solely depend on “urban” approaches; rather, they need to integrate broader landscape perspectives that take extended social and ecological systems into consideration.

This volume shows how to untangle, diagnose, and transform urban regions through distinctive thematic contributions across a variety of academic disciplines ranging from environmental engineering and geography to landscape ecology and urban planning. Case studies, selected from across the world and investigating urban regions in East Asia, Europe, North America and South-East Asia, collectively illustrate shared and differentiated drivers of sustainability challenges and provide informative inputs to global and local sustainability initiatives.


Sustainability Asia Planning Land and water management Urban agriculture

Editors and affiliations

  • Makoto Yokohari
    • 1
  • Akinobu Murakami
    • 2
  • Yuji Hara
    • 3
  • Kazuaki Tsuchiya
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Urban EngineeringThe University of TokyoTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Faculty of Engineering Information and SystemsUniversity of TsukubaTsukubaJapan
  3. 3.Faculty of Systems EngineeringWakayama UniversityWakayamaJapan
  4. 4.Department of Ecosystem StudiesThe University of TokyoTokyoJapan

About the editors

Dr. Makoto YOKOHARI (Professor at The University of Tokyo)

Dr. Akinobu MURAKAMI (Associate Professor at University of Tsukuba)

Dr. Yuji HARA (Assistant Professor at Wakayama University)

Dr. Kazuaki TSUCHIYA (Assistant Professor at The University of Tokyo) 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Sustainable Landscape Planning in Selected Urban Regions
  • Editors Makoto Yokohari
    Akinobu Murakami
    Yuji Hara
    Kazuaki Tsuchiya
  • Series Title Science for Sustainable Societies
  • Series Abbreviated Title Science for Sustainable Societies
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Japan 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Tokyo
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science Earth and Environmental Science (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-4-431-56443-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-4-431-56787-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-4-431-56445-4
  • Series ISSN 2197-7348
  • Series E-ISSN 2197-7356
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XV, 265
  • Number of Illustrations 48 b/w illustrations, 51 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information This title will be published in the new book series, "Science for Sustainable Societies"
  • Topics Sustainable Development
    Urban Ecology
    Landscape Ecology
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“This wonderful book is full of such insights, reflections, analyses, appraisals, and even anecdotes, and should be a smash hit: we should all seek to know more about these foundations, and we have a wonderful set of essays here, based off Hilbert’s original wonderful lectures, and a lot more.” (Michael Berg, MAA Reviews, July, 2018)

“The book provides innovative ways of thinking about the linkage between planning and environmental issues. I recommend this book to all researchers, policymakers, and planning practitioners engaged in searching for effective solutions for future sustainable urban and rural development.” (Eduardo Oliveira, Journal of Urban Affairs, Vol. 40 (6), December, 2017)