My interest in urban design began in the mid 1950s
with Professor McCaughan’s history of planning
lectures given in the then Department of Civic
Design, University of Liverpool. At those lectures
‘Mac’ made it quite clear that he was a follower of
Camillo Sitte, a Viennese architect whose main work
dated from the last decade of the nineteenth century.
The research forming the basis of this book was supported by the Swedish
research council Formas, and is primarily based on the research project
‘Territories of Consumption – Design and Territorial Control in Urban
Commercial Spaces’. The book has also benefitted from the work done as
I participated in the Formas research projects ‘Contradictory Urbanism’
(with project leader professor Katarina Nylund) and the Formas/Urban-net
project ‘Replacis – Retail Planning for Sustainable Cities’ (with project leader
professor Teresa Barata-Salgueira)....
Poverty-environment linkages take different forms in rural and urban contexts. In rural areas,
critical issues relate to access to natural resources such as land, forests, or fisheries and their
sustainable use. In urban zones, the poverty-environment agenda centres on questions relating to the
use of natural resources such as water or air as sinks for the disposal of human and industrial wastes,
and their impact on the poor.