Roderick Lawrence, IAPS Hall of Fame Member, has published ‘Creating Built Environments: Bridging Knowledge and Practice Divides’ (Routledge)
This book presents and illustrates the advantages and challenges of transdisciplinary contributions for innovative projects that transgress conceptual and methodological gaps between interdisciplinary research, professional practice and the livelihoods of residents in cities. The book explains how and why research and practice founded on core principles of People-Environment Studies (PES) and transdisciplinary inquiry can be applied creatively in contemporary projects. It proposes that the built environment sector should be credited with a much larger set of functions in societal responses to contemporary global challenges, including mitigating climate change, infectious and non-communicable diseases, local food production, housing and living conditions, and promoting health and well-being, as well as facilitating progress towards the 17 sustainable development goals and their 169 targets. Numerous examples in this book show that cities and community-led initiatives have bypassed the denial and inertia of national and state governments to creatively produce contextual responses to contemporary societal challenges in a rapidly urbanizing world.