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Livability and Sustainability of Urbanism

An Interdisciplinary Study on History and Theory of Urban Settlement

  • Offers an in-depth theoretical investigation on the meanings and roots of urbanism based on historical phenomena, literary sources, personal observations, and lived experience.

  • Offers new ways of thinking about the urban, and in so doing broadens and deepens the understanding of the concept of urbanism in dealing with the necessity for the livability and sustainability of the urban life-world

  • Provides a rich pool of knowledge comprising theoretical and empirical explorations of urban livability and sustainability, compiled and consolidated with the author’s lived-experience of practice and teaching in the field of urban planning and development for more than three decades.


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Theoretical Exploration

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-2
    2. Bagoes Wiryomartono
      Pages 3-16
    3. Bagoes Wiryomartono
      Pages 17-54
    4. Bagoes Wiryomartono
      Pages 55-80
    5. Bagoes Wiryomartono
      Pages 81-100
    6. Bagoes Wiryomartono
      Pages 101-123
    7. Bagoes Wiryomartono
      Pages 125-154
    8. Bagoes Wiryomartono
      Pages 155-177
  3. Empirical Exploration

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 179-179
    2. Bagoes Wiryomartono
      Pages 181-204
    3. Bagoes Wiryomartono
      Pages 239-263
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 291-324

About this book


This book is a fascinating, wide-reaching interdisciplinary examination of urbanism in the context of humanities and social sciences research, comprising cutting-edge theoretical and empirical investigations of urban livability and sustainability. Urban livability is explored as a phenomenon of happenings that gather people, things, and domains in the specific spatiotemporal context of the city; this context is the life-world of urbanism. Meanwhile, sustainability is conceived of as the capacity of urbanism that enables people to cultivate their sociocultural and economic existence and development without the depletion of their current resources in the future. In this study, phenomenology is uniquely incorporated as a way of seeing things according to their presence in space and time.


urbanism urban theory urban livability sustainability urban phenomena.

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.TorontoCanada

About the authors

Dr. Bagoes Wiryomartono is an independent scholar and currently on leave Faculty Member at the School of Design, University of Pelita Harapan, Karawaci Tangerang, Indonesia. He was Postdoctoral Fellow for architecture at the East-West Center, Honolulu and Fulbright Scholar at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. He previously has worked as Senior Lecturer at the Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia; Visiting Research Associate at the Asian Institute, University of Toronto, Canada; and Associate Professor at the Department of Architecture, Faculty of Built Environment of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. His teaching and research experience is focused on history, theory, and design of urbanism of various cultures and traditions in Southeast Asia and North America. He is author of Javanese Culture and the Meanings of Locality: Studies on the Arts, Urbanism, Polity, and Society (2016) and Perspectives on Traditional Settlements and Communities: Home, Form, and Culture in Indonesia (2014).

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