ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Urban and Regional Transformations

Urban and Regional Planning and Development: 20th Century Formations and 21st Century Transformations edited by Rajiv R Thakur, Ashok K Dutt, Sudhir K Thakur and George M Pomeroy, Springer Nature Switzerland, 2019; pp xiv + 546, 9,726 (hardcover).


Urban and Regional Planning and Development: 20th Century Forma­­tions and 21st Century Transform­ations is essentially a Festschrift, a befitting tribute to celebrate the academic and professional journey of Professor Emeritus Frank James Costa, who has been at the University of Akron, United States (US), for more than half a century, by four of his US-based students and colleagues.

The book investigates “urban forms and their transformations in the last few decades and their relevance in contemporary urban and regional planning and development” (p 2). The focus is upon the closing decades of the 20th century and the early decades of the 21st century. This was a time when neo-liberalism was replacing the idea of the welfare state, the concept of sustainable development was evolving as a universal mantra, and inter­national agencies like United Nati­ons Development Programme, United Nations Commission on Human Settlements, and United Nations Environmental Programme started getting seriously involved in global issues. Humanity was viewing the turn of the millennium as the most opportune ­moment to reinvent the world.

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Updated On : 10th Jul, 2021
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