London's King's Cross redevelopment: a compact, resource efficient and 'liveable' global city model for an era of climate emergency?
Journal article, 2020

Cities have long been subject to urban containment policies against urban sprawl. Climate change concerns have recently added to the imperative to densify urban space. Urban compaction is often pursued through the creation of 'exemplar' urban developments that superficially implement 'best practice' ideas from elsewhere. In this paper, we abandon the notion of 'best practice' in favour of context-sensitive 'good practices'. Taking London's King's Cross redevelopment as a case study, this paper draws on qualitative methods to examine the contribution of context and path-dependency, as a product of local and non-local forces, to the emergence of King ' s Cross as 'good practice'.

affordable housing

urban compaction

good practice

King's Cross

brownfield redevelopment

Author

Marco Adelfio

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Urban Design and Planning

Iqbal Hamiduddin

University College London (UCL)

Elke Miedema

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Architectural theory and methods

Urban Research and Practice

1753-5069 (ISSN) 1753-5077 (eISSN)

Vol. in press

Subject Categories

Social Anthropology

Architecture

Human Geography

DOI

10.1080/17535069.2019.1710860

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Latest update

6/22/2020