© 2012

The Future of Cities and Regions

Simulation, Scenario and Visioning, Governance and Scale

  • Liliana Bazzanella
  • Luca Caneparo
  • Franco Corsico
  • Giuseppe Roccasalva

Part of the Springer Geography book series (SPRINGERGEOGR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Liliana Bazzanella, Luca Caneparo, Franco Corsico, Giuseppe Roccasalva
    Pages 1-12
  3. Franco Corsico, Giuseppe Roccasalva
    Pages 13-18
  4. Jim La Belle, Paul O’Connor, Giuseppe Roccasalva
    Pages 19-43
  5. Göran Johnson
    Pages 65-98
  6. Paul Pfaffenbichler
    Pages 223-243
  7. Judith Borsboom-van Beurden, Marianne Kuijpers-Linde, Barry Zondag
    Pages 261-286
  8. Franco Corsico, Giuseppe Roccasalva
    Pages 287-296
  9. Lars Marcus, Tobias Nordström
    Pages 297-321
  10. Rob de Waard, Wim van der Knaap, Kymo Slager
    Pages 323-348
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 359-363

About this book


This guide for tomorrow’s urban practitioner systematically explains fifteen best practices across three continents; it explores questions of broad interest for designing and planning the future of cities and regions. Key questions addressed are: Is simulation useful to explore the effects of different design, policy and planning strategies? Which approach will help manage the uncertainties of metropolitan areas both today and tomorrow ? What are the strengths and weaknesses of the different simulation practices for city leadership, public and private partnership, and citizen involvement?

The book reviews computer models and media, socio-political initiatives, professional practices which help communicating the future effects of different design, political and planning strategies with a wide range of aims: from information, through consultation, towards active participation. These world best practices are considered according to four leading issues for urban and regional development, respectively Simulation, Scenario and Visioning, Government and Governance, and Scale. The book examines the approaches adopted technically and procedurally. The selected knowledge and the innovative tools used in each case study are among the most advanced and up-to-date in the professional and research fields. This volume successfully illustrates these innovative practices and methodologies in a straightforward and accessible way.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Liliana Bazzanella
    • 1
  • Luca Caneparo
    • 2
  • Franco Corsico
    • 3
  • Giuseppe Roccasalva
    • 4
  1. 1., DAD -Dipartimento di Architettura e DesiPolitecnico di TorinoTorinoItaly
  2. 2., DAD -Dipartimento di Architettura e DesiPolitecnico di TorinoTorinoItaly
  3. 3.Higher Institute on Innovative TerritoriTorinoItaly
  4. 4., DAD -Dipartimento di Architettura e DesiPolitecnico di TorinoTorinoItaly

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From the reviews:

“This book is aimed at managers and planners involved in the implementation of suitable planning policies and it includes strategies that have been tested and used around the global. … this book is an excellent presentation of urban planning and how integrated approaches are being considered and implemented around the global today. … Widespread inclusion of maps (many in color), supports the presentation in this book very effectively.” (Jeff Thurston, 3D Visualization World Magazine,, September, 2012)