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Urban Wastelands

A Form of Urban Nature?

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  • Topical and high-stakes issues of interest to both planners and citizens

  • Cross-sectorial approach, spanning from social sciences and urban planning to ecology and soil sciences, with a focus on urban wastelands

  • Global insights: studies from nine countries in Europe, Asia and America

  • A special chapter dedicated to multidisciplinary approaches

Part of the book series: Cities and Nature (CITIES)

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Table of contents (16 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xvii
  2. Urban Wastelands as Biodiversity Hotspots

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Urban Wastelands’ Contribution to Ecological Connectivity

      • Marion Brun, Francesca Di Pietro
      Pages 65-85
    3. Wasteland, a Refuge for Biodiversity, for Humanity

      • Audrey Muratet, Myr Muratet, Marie Pellaton, Marion Brun, Mathilde Baude, Assaf Shwartz et al.
      Pages 87-112
  3. Nature and People: Uses and Perceptions of Urban Wastelands

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 113-113
    2. Long-Standing Wastelands

      • Stela Muçi, Franck Dorso
      Pages 135-156
    3. Let It Grow? Social Representations of Nature on Contaminated Brownfields

      • Marjorie Tendero, Cécile Bazart
      Pages 157-180
  4. Planning Nature With Urban Wastelands

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 219-219
    2. Renaturation and Ecosystem Services of Contaminated Urban Wastelands in France

      • Yves Petit-Berghem, Elisabeth Rémy, Marine Canavese
      Pages 243-264
    3. Becoming Urban Wastelands

      • Laura Verdelli, Geeva Chandana Balasubramanian, Rukkumany R. Harishankar
      Pages 317-330

About this book

Faced with the growing demand for nature in cities, informal greenspaces are gaining the interest of various stakeholders - residents, associations, public authorities - as well as scientists. This book provides a cross-sectorial overview of the advantages and disadvantages of urban wastelands in meeting this social demand of urban nature, spanning from the social sciences and urban planning to ecology and soil sciences. It shows the potential of urban wastelands with respect to city dwellers’ well-being, environmental education, urban biodiversity and urban green networks as well as concerns regarding urban wastelands’ in relation to conflicts, and urban marketing. The authors provide a global insight through case studies in nine countries, mainly located in Europe, Asia and America, thus offering a broad perspective.

Keywords

  • Informal Greenspaces
  • Vacant lots
  • Brownfields
  • Urban Biodiversity
  • Urban Planning
  • Urban Geography and Urbanism

Editors and Affiliations

  • University of Tours, Tours, France

    Francesca Di Pietro, Amélie Robert

About the editors

As Associate Professor of Environmental Geography at the University of Tours (France), in the Planning & Environment Department, Francesca Di Pietro works on plant biodiversity in anthropogenic environments, at first in agricultural landscapes, later in urban ones. Her research focuses on plant communities of urban habitats such as public green spaces, urban wastelands, roadsides, community and individual gardens. Since 2011 she has worked on urban wastelands, coordinating work on their plant communities, informal uses, and how they are perceived.

Amélie Robert is currently a contract researcher and part-time lecturer at the University of Tours. Her research focuses on landscape dynamics, the identification of their drivers and ecosystem services, from a geohistorical perspective. More generally, she questions the interrelationships between societies and their environments in different contexts. She pays special attention to novel ecosystems, particularly in urban contexts, having contributed to several research programs in this field.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Urban Wastelands

  • Book Subtitle: A Form of Urban Nature?

  • Editors: Francesca Di Pietro, Amélie Robert

  • Series Title: Cities and Nature

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-74882-1

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: History, History (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2021

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-74881-4

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-74882-1

  • Series ISSN: 2520-8306

  • Series E-ISSN: 2520-8314

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XII, 377

  • Number of Illustrations: 29 b/w illustrations, 78 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Regional Geography, Urban Ecology, Environmental Studies, Biotechnology

Buying options

eBook
USD 119.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-74882-1
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book
USD 159.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)