The Right to the City


Dialogues in Urban and Regional Planning 6. The Right to the City

Christopher Silver, Robert Freestone, Christophe Demaziere (eds.)



284 p.

105 £ (hardback, paperback à paraître en 2018)



The Dialogues in Urban and Regional Planning series offers a selection of some of the best scholarship in urban and regional planning from around the world. The internationally recognized authors of these award-winning papers take up a range of salient issues from the theory and practice of planning.

This 6th volume incorporates essays that explore the salient issue commonly referred to as "The Right to the City." This theme speaks to a growing new movement within planning theory and practice with multiple aims and strategies but with the common objective of advancing a more just and equitable world. The right to the city functions as a manifesto advancing academic explorations of the opportunities for, and barriers to, expanding human and environmental justice. At the same time, it extends beyond academic inquiry to engage directly with the policy, legal and political dimensions of human rights. The right to the city has been invoked by global bodies such as United Nations-Habitat and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization to bolster not only their agendas around fundamental human rights but advance urban policies promoting inclusion, sustainability, and resilience. Dialogues 6 offers engaging explorations into the academic expeditions by the global planning community that have helped to energize this movement. The papers assembled here through processes of peer review represent an invaluable collection to untangle the complexities of this dynamic new approach to urban and regional planning.

The Dialogues in Urban and Regional Planning (DURP) series is published in association with the Global Planning Education Association Network (GPEAN) and its member national and transnational planning schools associations.


Table of Contents

Introduction Christophe Demaziere, Robert Freestone and Christopher Silver, Dialogues 6: The Right to the City


Chapter 1 - Geraldo Magela Costa and Marcos Gustavo Pires De Melo, Planning Theory and Practice: Reflections on the Right to the City

Chapter 2 - Mark Purcell, Possible Worlds: Henri Lefebvre and the Right to the City

Chapter 3 - Marie-Helene Bacque and Mario Gauthier, Participation, Urban Planning and Urban Studies: Four Decades of Debates and Experiments since S.R. Arnstein’s "A Ladder of Citizen Participation


Chapter 4 - Marie Huchzermeyer, Humanism, Creativity and Rights: Invoking Henri Lefebvre’s Right to the City in the Tension Presented by Informal Settlements in South Africa Today

Chapter 5 - John Harner, Edith Jimenez Huerta and Heriberto Cruz Solis, Housing and Urban Growth in Guadalajara, Mexico

Chapter 6 - Delik Hudalah, Haryo Winarso and Johan Woltjer, Gentrifying the Peri-Urban: Land Use Conflicts and Institutional Dynamics at the Frontier of an Indonesian Metropolis


Chapter 7 - Leela Viswanathan, Decolonization, Recognition and Reconciliation in Reforming Land Use Policy and Planning With First Nations in Southern Ontario

Chapter 8 - Libby Porter, Possessory Politics and the Conceit of Procedure: Exposing The Cost of Rights Under Conditions of Dispossession


Chapter 9 - Deanna Grant-Smith, Peter Edwards and Laurel Johnson, Putting Children in the Place on Public Transit: Managing Mobilities in the Child-Friendly City

Chapter 10 - Duygu Cihanger and A. Burak Buyukcivelek, From National Discontent to Urban Rights Claim: Gezi Park Protests

Chapter 11 - Diana MacCallum, Jason Byrne and Wendy Steele, Whither Justice? An Analysis of Local Climate Change Responses from South East Queensland, Australia