The last decade has seen the rise of urban design which has taken a central position in the new agendas for urban regeneration and renaissance. Urban design has moved from marginality to mainstream. The principles espoused by urban designers over the past thirty years are now accepted as key to a better urban environment and as we move towards greater sustainability, different ideas are emerging that are challenging some of the accepted urban design norms; urban design is at a watershed.
Urban Design Futures presents essays from an international cast of authors to review progress and explore emerging ideas: should urban design reflect the future rather than recreate the past? What are the new driving forces that will shape urban living and hence urban design in the future? This book explores new concepts and points the way towards a series of urban design paradigms for the twenty-first century.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Urban Design Comes of Age: The Bigger Picture Part 2: Connecting Social Spaces: Creating the Public Realm Part 3: Sustainability Through Technology: Creating New Typologies Part 4: Networks Expand Choice: New Frameworks for Urbanism
'The urban design primer of the year ... This is a book covering the richness of the urban design debate with ideas ranging from the inspiring to the absolutely barmy – It is a vital introductory read for students of urban design and a valuable pot pourri of the current urban design debate.' – Green Places
'The value of this collection ... is that it does not limit itself to recount what is but to challenge established orthodoxies – including those of existing urban designers.' – Urban Design