Urban Design Reader

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Essential reading for students and practitioners of urban design, this collection of essays introduces the 6 dimensions of urban design through a range of the most important classic and contemporary key texts.

Urban design as a form of place making has become an increasingly significant area of academic endeavour, of public policy and professional practice. Compiled by the authors of the best selling Public Places Urban Spaces, this indispensable guide includes all the crucial definitions and various understandings of the subject, as well as a practical look at how to implement urban design that readers will need to refer to time and time again.

Uniquely, the selections of essays that include the works of Gehl, Jacobs, and Cullen, are presented substantially in their original form, and the truly accessible dip-in-and-out format will enable readers to form a deeper, practical understanding of urban design.

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Essential reading for architects, planners, and anyone else involved in urban design

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Essential reading for students and practitioners of urban design, this Reader brings together the key works that have provided the foundations for the place-making view of urban design. The collection introduces six key Dimensions of Urban Design and supplements these with discussions of what urban design means, and how it is implemented.

Compiled and edited by two of the authors of the seminal Public Places Urban Spaces, the Reader includes a wide range of contemporary texts in urban design. Many essays are crucial distillations of key areas of urban design knowledge, while others debate the theories behind successful urban design concepts. These classic texts - including works by Jan Gehl, Jane Jacobs, Kevin Lynch , Gordon Cullen and many others - are referred to time and time again by urban designers and are a constant source of guidance. Unlike other books of collected works, the essays are presented substantially in their original form, and organised thematically

The Urban Design Reader offers not just an insight into the theory and practice of urban design using the work of some of the most influential writers of the last fifty years, but an inspiration to explore deeper and further.

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