Making Better Places

Making Better Places

Urban Design Now

1st Edition - January 1, 1993

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  • Editor: Richard Hayward
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483141718

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Making Better Places: Urban Design Now discusses how to make better places: how monotonous or rich urban development can be, how appropriate to traffic requirements urban improvements are, or how sustainable an urban design approach can be to existing and future urban dispersal. The book reviews the gap existing between the various environmental disciplines leading to the emergence of urban design; as well as the gap between the rhetoric and practical achievements of urban design. The practice of urban design entails the premise that environments are to be created and transformed to provide the most opportunities for the largest number of people. By using an urban tissue plan, the urban developmental planner can produce and evaluate site development appraisal and design proposals. The book also provides an abstract perspective that considers built forms as a set of signs to provide a mechanism which shows the modification of urban space. The text also addresses the issue of urban change in established centers, the urban fringe and beyond, as well as cites four examples of exploration by intervention. The book can prove beneficial to urban planners, sociologists, and policy makers involved in urban and social development.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction

    Section One

    Processes and Products: Practices and Theories

    1 Reviewing the Rhetoric

    2 Developing Design Skills for Development Controllers

    3 Rationales and the Practice of Everyday Urban Design

    4 Talking Tissues

    5 The Ontology of the Built Environment: The Production of Places and Buildings in a Culture of Historical Amnesia

    6 Consuming the Sign Value of Urban Form

    7 Aesthetics and Urban Design

    Section Two

    Issues of Urban Change in Established Centers

    8 Urban Design of Central Areas and Beyond

    9 The Suburbanization and Re-urbanization of the Residential Inner City

    10 The Art of Building Cities: Urban Structuring and Restructuring

    11 Community Development and Urban Design

    Section Three

    The Urban Fringe and Beyond

    12 Urban Expansion: Look Back and Learn

    13 The Built Form of the New Regional City: A 'Radical' View

    14 Working in the Park: Changes in the Form of Employment Locations

    Section Four

    Doing It

    15 The Plan d'Occupation des Sols for Asnieres sur Oise: a Morphological Design Guide

    16 Traffic Calming: The Second Wave?

    17 Computer Aided Design as an Urban Design Briefing Tool

    18 Upside Down and Inside Out



Product details

  • No. of pages: 164
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 1993
  • Published: January 1, 1993
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483141718

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Richard Hayward

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