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

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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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cities.2011.10.002
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Climatic city: two centuries of urban planning and climate science in Manchester (UK) and its region

ERA Journal ID5928
Article CategoryArticle
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AuthorMacKillop, Fionn
Journal TitleCities
Journal Citation29 (4), pp. 244-251
Number of Pages8
Year2012
Place of PublicationOxford, United Kingdom
ISSN0264-2751
1873-6084
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cities.2011.10.002
Web Address (URL)http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0264275111001260
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.

KeywordsManchester; industrial ecology; urban regime; urban climate; ecological modernisation; green cities
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020330402. History and theory of the built environment (excl. architecture)
330404. Land use and environmental planning
370202. Climatology
330499. Urban and regional planning not elsewhere classified
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Byline AffiliationsAustralian Centre for Sustainable Business and Development
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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