Climatic city: two centuries of urban planning and climate science in Manchester (UK) and its region

MacKillop, Fionn (2012) Climatic city: two centuries of urban planning and climate science in Manchester (UK) and its region. Cities, 29 (4). pp. 244-251. ISSN 0264-2751

Abstract

This paper traces the history, and current challenges, of climate science and urban design in Greater Manchester, UK. The Mancunian metropolis is a remarkable example of a 'climatic city', one that shapes its climate as much as it is shaped by it. From the efforts to control smoke and clear slums in the 19th century, to today's race to be at the forefront of 'green' and 'sustainable' cities, climate is a central actor in Manchester’s history and will likely be so in the near future. We analyse the continuities and inflections of this history of climate science and urban planning in the metropolis by drawing on historical material and interviews with key local stakeholders, to understand the natural, social and political construction of this singular 'industrial ecology'. Ultimately, we ask whether stakeholders in the Greater Manchester area can overcome existing challenges to go towards a greener, more resilient and sustainable city.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Depositing User: Dr Fionn MacKillop
Faculty / Department / School: Current - USQ Other
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2012 10:56
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2014 04:03
Uncontrolled Keywords: Manchester; industrial ecology; urban regime; urban climate; ecological modernisation; green cities
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 12 Built Environment and Design > 1205 Urban and Regional Planning > 120502 History and Theory of the Built Environment (excl. Architecture)
12 Built Environment and Design > 1205 Urban and Regional Planning > 120504 Land Use and Environmental Planning
04 Earth Sciences > 0401 Atmospheric Sciences > 040105 Climatology (excl.Climate Change Processes)
12 Built Environment and Design > 1205 Urban and Regional Planning > 120599 Urban and Regional Planning not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): D Environment > 96 Environment > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960399 Climate and Climate Change not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: doi: 10.1016/j.cities.2011.10.002
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/21279

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