Repurposing the Green Belt in the 21st Century

Peter Bishop, Alona Martinez Perez, Rob Roggema, and Lesley Williams

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ISBN: 9781787358850

Publication: November 09, 2020

The green belt has been one of the UK’s most consistent and successful planning policies. Over the past century, it has limited urban sprawl and preserved the countryside around our cities, but is it still fit for purpose in a world of unprecedented urban growth and potentially catastrophic climate change?

Repurposing the Green Belt in the 21st Century examines the history of the green belt in the UK and how it has influenced planning regimes in other countries. Despite its undoubted achievements, it is time to review the green belt as an instrument of urban planning and landscape design. The problem of the ecological impact of cities and the mitigation measures of major climate changes are at the top of the urban agenda across the world. Urban agriculture, blue and green infrastructures, and forestation are the new ecological design imperatives driving urban policymaking.

Through an examination of practice in the UK and in countries such as the Netherlands, Spain and Germany, the book proposes a framework for a reconsideration of the critical relationship between the city and its hinterlands for the 21st century. It will be useful for undergraduate and postgraduate students of planning, landscape architecture, urban design, architecture and land economics, as well as practitioners in design, planning and property/real estate.

Peter Bishop is Professor of Urban Design Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL.

Alona Martinez Perez is Senior Lecturer at the Leicester School of Architecture, De Montfort University.

Rob Roggema is Professor of Spatial Transformations, Research Centre for the Built Environment NoorderRuimte, Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen, the Netherlands.

Lesley Williams is Partner at Bishop & Williams ltd.



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Peter Bishop

1. A Lost Arcadia: the historical emergence of Green Belt thinking in the UK  
Peter Bishop

2. Garden Cities, suburbs and fringes: the Green Belt in a global setting
Alona Martinez Perez

3. An arena of conflict: the Green Belt debate in the 21st century
Peter Bishop

4. The 'Beltscape': new horizons for the city in its natural region
Rob Roggema

5. Conclusions: the Green Belt – a legacy for the 22nd century
Peter Bishop


Format: Paperback

Size: 234 × 156 mm

186 Pages

41 colour illustrations

Copyright: © 2020

ISBN: 9781787358850

Publication: November 09, 2020

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