Peter Bosselmann, a professor of the graduate school in the departments of architecture, city & regional planning, landscape architecture, and environmental planning at the College of Environmental Design, published a new book titled Adaptations of the Metropolitan Landscape in Delta Regions (Routledge) in May. The book discusses environmental quality and the long term livability of urban areas, specifically those near deltas and the coast.
In decades to come, climate change will affect cities everywhere, but nowhere have the effects of climate change already been felt as strongly as in low-lying coastal cities, cities located in large river deltas and near tidal estuaries. Bosselmann’s book reflects on the contribution that spatial planning and urban design can make to a complex discussion about how city form and landscapes will need to adapt within metropolitan areas.
Adaptations of the Metropolitan Landscape’s focus is on the urban form of three delta regions: the Pearl River Delta in Southern China; the Rhine, Maas, and Scheldt Delta in the Netherlands; and the San Francisco Bay Area in Northern California. The three regions differ greatly, but despite their different political systems, history, culture and locations in three different climate zones, all three regions will be forced to respond to similar issues that will trigger transformations and adaptations to their urban form.
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