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Shrinking Cities: Effects on Urban Ecology and Challenges for Urban Development

Edited By Marcel Langner and Wilfried Endlicher

Cities in highly industrialised countries have grown over time, yet the phenomenon of shrinking cities occurs in many regions. Urban shrinkage has various impacts on urban ecology, which can be observed on urban brownfield sites in particular. The integration of brownfield sites with sustainable urban development must be managed, and this presents new challenges for urban planners. The introductory chapters of this publication give an overview of urban ecology concepts and how research in this field is affected by urban shrinkage. The following sections are concerned with botanical aspects of shrinking cities, perception of nature in the context of shrinkage and discussion of aspects of urban planning with reference to several regional examples. The book concludes with an examination of urban shrinkage during the life cycles of city archetypes.
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The editors are very glad to publish a second edition of this book with studies on urban ecology in shrinking cities. The book was one outcome of the second phase of the Research Training Programme (Graduiertenkolleg) 780 “Perspectives of Urban Ecology” (RTG 780), funded by the German Research Foundation. The third phase has ended now and most of the doctoral students have finished their theses, covering a wide range of topics from the urban geosphere, biosphere and anthroposphere. This interdisciplinary approach is important for studies in the urban environment and is also reflected in the contributions of this book. We made only minor changes to some contributions and updated the authors’ address list.

Berlin, spring 2014

Wilfried Endlicher Marcel Langner

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