Achieving systemic urban retrofit: a framework for action

Tim May, Michael Hodson, Simon Marvin, Beth Perry

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


The critical challenge for contemporary urbanism is how cities will develop the knowledge and capability in order to systematically ‘re-engineer’ their built environment and urban infrastructure in response to climate change and resource constraints. The purpose of this chapter is to detail a framework for action and an orientation for how systemic retrofitting of urban infrastructure and the built environment can be undertaken. This provides the context within which we set out the contemporary pressures facing cities and the need for effective systemic urban retrofit. Drawing upon extensive fieldwork that was undertaken with stakeholders and through a placement with the global engineering firm Arup, the SURF–Arup framework then sets out a five stage process for achieving purposeful and effective retrofitting of urban infrastructures and the built environment.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRetrofitting the Built Environment
EditorsWilliam Swan, Philip Brown
Place of PublicationUK
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons Ltd
ISBN (Print)9781118273500
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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