Dr Steffen Lehmann, director of UNLV’s School of Architecture is launching his new authored book on urban regeneration in January.
Urban Regeneration — A Manifesto for transforming UK Cities in the Age of Climate Change explores and offers guidance on the complex process of how to transform cities, continuing the unfinished project of the seminal 1999 text Towards an Urban Renaissance. It is a 21st-century manifesto of urban principles compiled by a prominent urbanist, for the regeneration of UK cities and cities in general, focusing on the characteristics of a ‘good place’ and the strategies of sustainable urbanism. It asks readers to consider how we can best transform the derelict, abandoned and run-down parts of cities back into places where people want to live, work and play.
The book frames an architecture of re-use that translates and combines the complex ‘science of cities’ and the art of urban and architectural design into actionable and practical guidance on how to regenerate cities. Fascinated by the typology and value of the compact UK and European city model, Lehmann introduces the concept of ‘high density without high buildings’ as a solution that will make our cities compact, walkable, mixed-use and vibrant again.
Dr James Evans, Professor of Urban Ecology at the University of Manchester, said: "This book provides nothing short of a new blueprint for urban regeneration that responds to the pressing issues of today. Visionary and practical, it identifies key strategies for cities to realize their economic, social and environmental potential and unlock new forms of living for the many not the few."
Dr Steffen Lehmann, PhD, AA Dip, is a tenured Professor of Architecture and Director of the School of Architecture at the UNLV. Previously he was Professor of Sustainable Architecture at the University of Portsmouth, UK, where he was also Founding Director of the Cluster for Sustainable Cities. Over the last 30 years, he has lived and worked in different cities around the globe, in the UK, Europe, USA, Australia and Asia.