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Public Places Urban Spaces 2e is a thorough introduction to the principles of urban design theory and practice. Authored by experts in the fields of urban design. Based on an exhaustive examination of public space in London, the Article ( PDF Available) in URBAN DESIGN International · August Public Places Urban Spaces (), and Urban Design Reader (). Claudio de Magalhães is Senior Lecturer at UCL's Bartlett School of. Planning, and.
It begins with a broad exposition of what is meant by urban design.
In Chapter 1, the challenge for urban design and for the urban designer is made explicit. The chapter deliberately adopts a broad understanding of urban design, which sees urban design as more than simply the physical or visual appearance of development, and an integrative i.
While urban designs scope may be broad and its boundaries often fuzzy, the heart of its concern is about making places for people e this idea forms the kernel of this book. More precisely, it is about making better places than would otherwise be produced.
This is e unashamedly and unapologetically e a normative contention about what we believe urban design should be about rather than necessarily what at any point in time it is about. We therefore regard urban design as an ethical activity e rst, in an axiological sense because it is intimately concerned with issues of values and, second, because it is, or should be, concerned with particular values such as social justice, equity and environmental sustainability.
Chapter 2 outlines and discusses issues of change in the contemporary urban context. Chapter 3 presents a number of overarching contexts that provide the background for urban design action e the local, global, market and regulatory. These contexts underpin and inform the discussions of the individual dimensions of urban design principles and practice in Part II.
Part II consists of Chapters 4e9, each of which reviews a substantive dimension of urban design e morphological, vii Motivation This book comes from two distinct sources. First, from a period during the s when the authors worked together at the University of Nottingham on an innovative undergraduate urban planning programme. Its primary motivation was a belief that teaching urban design at the core of an interdisciplinary, creative, problem-solving discipline, planning and other professionals would have a more valuable learning experience and a better foundation for their future careers.
Although in many schools of planning urban design is still guratively put into a box and taught by the schools single urban design specialist, viii Preface perceptual, social, visual, functional and temporal. As urban design is a joined-up activity, this separation is for the purpose of clarity in exposition and analysis only.
These six overlapping dimensions of urban design are the everyday substance of urban design, while the cross-cutting contexts outlined in Chapter 3 relate to and inform all the dimensions. The six dimensions and four contexts are linked and related by the conception of design as a process of problem solving.
The chapters are not intended to delimit boundaries around particular areas of urban design and, instead, highlight the breadth of the subject area, with the connections between the different broad areas being made explicit. Urban design is only holistic if all areas of action e morphological, perceptual, social, visual, functional and temporal e are considered together. In Part III e Chapters 10e12 e implementation and delivery mechanisms for urban design are explored e that is, how urban design is procured, controlled and communicated, thereby stressing the nature of urban design as a process moving from theory to action.
Aspiring urban designers, especially those still in education, can often produce exciting visions and design proposals for the development of urban areas and the creation of seemingly wonderful public places. The qualities of such visions may seem entirely self-evident and the case for their immediate implementation overwhelming.
But this is a romantic, perhaps nave, view of urban design and place-making. We live in the real world and what appears entirely rational on paper is much more difcult to achieve on the ground. Furthermore, the reality is that implementation often fails in some way.
Policies and proposals drift off course. Seen differently, however, they also evolve and develop through the implementation process. Stressing that places matter most, the nal chapter brings together the various dimensions of the subject to emphasise the holistic and sustainable nature of urban design. Rather than what urban design is or should be, the focus is how decisions become outcomes ends , and the processes means by which this happens.
An Emerging and Evolving Activity It is only recently in the UK that urban design has been recognised as an important area of practice by the existing built environment professions, and even more recently that it has been recognised by central and local governments.
This has been marked by central government through urban design and place-making becoming more central elements of the planning remit.
In the USA e in certain states at least e urban design has often been more fully conceptualised and better integrated into the activities of the established built environment professionals.
Examining the planning history of cities such as San Francisco and Portland clearly demonstrates this. More generally, as in the UK, recent initiatives at both public and professional levels have combined to give urban design a new prominence e in the public sector, through the spread of design review as a means to promote better design through planning action and through the professions with the emergence of, for example, the Congress for the New Urbanism.
In addition, urban design is the focus of well-developed grassroots activity, with local communities participating in the design, management and reshaping of their own local environments. Urban design is a growing discipline.
There is increasing demand for urban design practitioners e or, more simply, for those with urban design expertise and place-making sensibilities e from the public and private sectors around the world. It aids the reader by gradually building the concepts one upon the other towards a total view of the subject. The author team explain the catalysts of change and renewal, and explore the global and local contexts and processes within which urban design operates.
The book presents six key dimensions of urban design theory and practice - the social, visual, functional, temporal, morphological and perceptual - allowing it to be dipped into for specific information, or read from cover to cover. This is a clear and accessible text that provides a comprehensive discussion of this complex subject.
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