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Advances in 21st Century Human Settlements

Advances in 21st Century Human Settlements
27 Jahrgänge | 2015 - 2022


Indexed by SCOPUS

This Series focuses on the entire spectrum of human settlements – from rural to urban, in different regions of the world, with questions such as: What factors cause and guide the process of change in human settlements from rural to urban in character, from hamlets and villages to towns, cities and megacities? Is this process different across time and space, how and why? Is there a future for rural life? Is it possible or not to have industrial development in rural settlements, and how? Why does ‘urban shrinkage’ occur? Are the rural areas urbanizing or is that urban areas are undergoing ‘ruralisation’ (in form of underserviced slums)? What are the challenges faced by ‘mega urban regions’, and how they can be/are being addressed? What drives economic dynamism in human settlements? Is the urban-based economic growth paradigm the only answer to the quest for sustainable development, or is there an urgent need to balance between economic growth on one hand and ecosystem restoration and conservation on the other – for the future sustainability of human habitats? How and what new technology is helping to achieve sustainable development in human settlements? What sort of changes in the current planning, management and governance of human settlements are needed to face the changing environment including the climate and increasing disaster risks? What is the uniqueness of the new ‘socio-cultural spaces’ that emerge in human settlements, and how they change over time? As rural settlements become urban, are the new ‘urban spaces’ resulting in the loss of rural life and ‘socio-cultural spaces’? What is leading the preservation of rural ‘socio-cultural spaces’ within the urbanizing world, and how? What is the emerging nature of the rural-urban interface, and what factors influence it? What are the emerging perspectives that help understand the human-environment-culture complex through the study of human settlements and the related ecosystems, and how do they transform our understanding of cultural landscapes and ‘waterscapes’ in the 21st Century? What else is and/or likely to be new vis-à-vis human settlements – now and in the future? The Series, therefore, welcomes contributions with fresh cognitive perspectives to understand the new and emerging realities of the 21st Century human settlements. Such perspectives will include a multidisciplinary analysis, constituting of the demographic, spatio-economic, environmental, technological, and planning, management and governance lenses.

If you are interested in submitting a proposal for this series, please contact the Series Editor, or the Publishing Editor:

Bharat Dahiya ( or

Loyola D'Silva (

Alle Bücher der Reihe Advances in 21st Century Human Settlements

2022 | Buch

Smart Global Megacities

Collaborative Research: Tokyo, Mumbai, New York, Hong Kong-Shenzhen, Kolkata

This book, the first volume, highlights 8 out of a total of about 36 megacities in the World which by definition have 10 million inhabitants. The cities/chapters presented in this book are based on recent advance such as the wide use of ICT, IOT …

2022 | Buch

Human Settlements

Urbanization, Smart Sector Development, and Future Outlook

The answers to the questions of why and how people live where they live as well as how they maintain and integrate with one another are fundamental human settlement issues rooted in history and culture. Human settlements are historically linked to …

2022 | Buch

Planning Indian Megacity Regions

Spatial Model, Development Dynamics and Future Advances

This book focuses on spatial planning of megacities that are growing in Asia, Africa, and America. These cities are not be seen in isolation from their respective influence regions. They complement each other. Most of the solutions to the problems …

2021 | Buch

AUC 2019

Proceedings of the 15th International Asian Urbanization Conference, Vietnam

This book presents selected articles from the 15th International Asian Urbanization Conference, held in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, on November 27-30, 2019. Bringing together researchers and professionals in the area of urban planning and …

2021 | Buch

Urban Heat Island (UHI) Mitigation

Hot and Humid Regions

This book discusses the concepts and technologies associated with the mitigation of urban heat islands (UHIs) that are applicable in hot and humid regions. It presents several city case studies on how UHIs can be reduced in various areas to …

2021 | Buch


Changing Spatial Transitions Between Context, Construction and Human Activities

The question of what architecture is answered in this book with one sentence: Architecture is space created for human activities. The basic need to find food and water places these activities within a larger spatial field. Humans have learned and …

2021 | Buch

Environmental Resilience

Food and the City—Zimbabwe

This book discusses the production, distribution, regulatory and management frameworks that affect food in urban settings. It plugs a gap in knowledge especially in the sub-Saharan Africa region where food, despite its critical importance, has …

2021 | Buch

Smart Global Megacities

Collaborative Research: Chennai, Kochi-Kannur

This book, the second volume, highlights 7 out of a total of about 36 megacities in the World which by definition have 10 million inhabitants. The cities/chapters presented in this book are based on recent advance such as the wide use of ICT, IOT …

2020 | Buch

New Urban Agenda in Asia-Pacific

Governance for Sustainable and Inclusive Cities

This book explores significant aspects of the New Urban Agenda in the Asia-Pacific region, and presents, from different contexts and perspectives, innovative interventions afoot for transforming the governance of 21st-century cities in two key …

2020 | Buch

Singapore’s Park System Master Planning

A Nation Building Tool to Construct Narratives in Post-Colonial Countries

This book traces the evolution of Singapore’s parks system, from colonial to present times. Further, it contextualizes the design and planning of parks in the general discourse on western and eastern traditions: early twentieth century western …

2020 | Buch

Smart Environment for Smart Cities

This book discusses the design and practice of environmental resources management for smart cities. Presenting numerous city case studies, it focuses on one specific environmental resource in each city.

Environmental resources are commonly owned …

2020 | Buch

Building Resilient Neighbourhoods in Singapore

The Convergence of Policies, Research and Practice

This book examines how institutional and environmental features in neighbourhoods can contribute to social resilience, highlighting the related socio-demographic issues, as well as the infrastructure, planning, design and policies issues. It is …

2020 | Buch

Satellite Towns in Neo-metropolitan Development in India

Lessons from Selected Cities

This book discusses population growth and the resultant problems, and highlights the need for immediate action to develop a set of planned satellite towns around Indian megacities to reduce their population densities and activity concentrations.

2020 | Buch

Governance for Urban Services

Access, Participation, Accountability, and Transparency

This book examines three vital issues in urbanization and democratization: the institutional structures and processes of urban local governance to improve access to urban services; their outcomes in relation to low-income groups’ access to …

2020 | Buch

Sustainable Human–Nature Relations

Environmental Scholarship, Economic Evaluation, Urban Strategies

This book addresses sustainability thinking and the bigger picture, by taking into consideration how and from where contemporary schools of thought emerged approximately a quarter-century ago. Evidence from the literature illustrates a number of …

2020 | Buch

Smart Living for Smart Cities

Community Study, Ways and Means

This book, based on extensive international collaborative research, highlights the state-of-the-art design of smart living for metropolises, megacities, and metacities, as well as at the community and neighbourhood level. Smart living is one of …

2020 | Buch

Smart Living for Smart Cities

Case Studies

This book, based on extensive international collaborative research, highlights the state-of-the-art design of “smart living” for metropolises, megacities, and metacities, as well as at the community and neighbourhood level. Smart living is one of …

2020 | Buch

External Interventions for Disaster Risk Reduction

Impacts on Local Communities

This book presents a case study-based analysis of the consequences of external interventions, critically evaluating them from community perspectives. Communities – from rural to urban, and around the world – that are experiencing disasters and …

2019 | Buch

Smart Metropolitan Regional Development

Economic and Spatial Design Strategies

This book discusses the concept and practice of a smart metropolitan region, and how smart cities promote healthy economic and spatial development. It highlights how smart metropolitan regional development can energize, reorganize and transform …

2019 | Buch

Smart Economy in Smart African Cities

Sustainable, Inclusive, Resilient and Prosperous

This book highlights the use of information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructures in order to develop smart cities and produce smart economies in Africa. It discusses a robust set of concepts, including smart planning, smart …