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We m a y be conscious of a constant t r a n s f o r m a t i o n of this landscape, or rather cityscape, around us, a m u t a t i o n that w e h a v e c o m e to associate with livelihood. Is it possible, o r desirable, to shape and reshape this apparently a m o r p h o u s c o m p l e x i t y a m i d the diversity of interests and preferences? W h a t kinds of processes can transform the urban e n v i r o n m e n t? In this book, I set out to understand u r b a n design and the space it helps to shape.
As I will show, there is a need to look at space, as a c o m b i n a t i o n of people and objects, from a variety of interconnected perspectives. I will a r g u e that this space is best understood in the process of its creation, a n d that political, economic and symbolic factors closely interact in s u c h a process. T h e interdisciplinary activity of urban design is an important constituent part of this creation.
T o understand urban design we will need to u n d e r s t a n d the u r b a n space and the processes that produce it. This b o o k is an attempt to delineate the subject areas of u r b a n design in response to three interlinked d e m a n d s.
Its interdisciplinary nature has led to a lack of clarity in its relationship to u r b a n p l a n n i n g , architecture and landscape design, among a n u m b e r of disciplines that are i n v o l v e d in the design and development of urban space. Second, there is a g r o w t h of interest in u r b a n design.
Despite the s l o w - d o w n in p r o p e r t y development, i new interpretation and application in new circumstances. A n o t h e r difficulty is its attention. T h e launch of n e w p o s t g r a d u a t e p r o g r a m m e s in universities and of n e w j relationship with social practices within urban space.
It tends to a s s u m e that m a n y urban design journals are indications of this g r o w i n g attention. Yet there is a dearth ' aspects of human understanding and behaviour are relatively timeless; the of published material on the subject. This prescriptive concern, therefore, needs to be supported b y an urban design. A s a practical subject matter, w h e n c o m p a r e d w i t h related a c a d e m i c analytical one, a better understanding of the context for w h i c h norms are being fields, urban design has not been sufficiently s u p p o r t e d b y research.
As a re- ; proposed, and of the nature of the process in which urban space is m a d e and emerging enterprise, h o w e v e r , it requires a research a g e n d a to be established, ; transformed.
This study is A third alternative, which I have adopted in this book, is to see urban design as a meant to offer a platform that will contribute to this agenda a n d h e l p to identify the [ socio-spatial process. It is in this arena, I have found, that the nature of urban possibilities of further research.
As it is rooted in political, economic and cultural processes T h e task is being u n d e r t a k e n to b r i d g e a g a p that exists in the approaches to ; and involves a n u m b e r of agencies interacting with socio-spatial structures, urban urban design.
T h e existing literature is m o s t l y written w i t h i n the architectural design can only be understood in its socio-spatial context. F r o m this perspective, traditions and frames of reference, h e n c e a p p r o a c h i n g n o r m a t i v e l y the physical the technical, creative and social elements of urban design all come together to dimensions of the built e n v i r o n m e n t.
T h i s h a s clearly led to a lack of mutual ; provide insight into this complex process and its products.
A typology of Urban Design theories and its application to the shared body of knowledge
T h e b o o k ; merely to refer to the spaces between buildings, i. T h e r e f o r e , it targets all g r o u p s w h o are involved in the buildings, objects and spaces in an urban environment, as well as the people, events! T h e a i m is to p r o v i d e information a n d and relationships within them. In this analysis, I have f o u n d a n u m b e r of key insight into the dynamics of the design a n d d e v e l o p m e n t of u r b a n space, without ' concepts useful: the necessity of a broad approach to urban design Lynch, , of claiming to offer a c o m p r e h e n s i v e treatment o f the subject b u t w i t h a hope to offer : seeing urban space as the space of urban regions rather than city centres Charter of coherent perspectives and platforms for d e b a t e.
O n e approach is to see '] urban space in a historical context. Analyses of the treatment of space as a urban design as a technical process, b r i n g i n g together the scientific information ; c o m m o d i t y , the notions of social space and production of space Lefebvre, , the needed in this process.
A n u r b a n design b o o k could a s s e m b l e this information or ; transformation.
The same is true of the notion of how different forms of use, and concentrate on any o n e of these areas. H o w e v e r , it does not ] and as the potential product of the design process. This is the subject of Part O n e , lead to an understanding o f the nature a n d s c o p e of the process in which this complemented b y Part T w o , which looks at the urban design process itself.
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Part O n e analyses the ways in which we look at cities and our perceptions and A n o t h e r approach is to see urban design a s a creative process. This approach, ' understanding of them. It is subdivided into three chapters. Chapter 1 looks for a meaning conclusions in the form of design principles.
This n o r m a t i v e approach has a i of u r b a n space, searching for a concept that is not confined within disciplinary number of advantages, as it tends to record a n d to p r o v i d e a store of good e x a m p l e s ; boundaries.
It examines the dilemmas and gaps in our understanding of space, and for designers. The selection of e x a m p l e s a n d principles takes place on the basis of ' suggests overcoming the dilemmas and bridging the gaps by concentrating on the the accumulated w i s d o m of previous a n d c o n t e m p o r a r y generations, to b e ; process of creating urban space.
Chapter 2 looks at how urban space is structured. These are, however, perspectives to study the city from above, detached and objective. Chapter 3 offers another perspective, from below, looking at everyday life. Here the issues of meaning, behaviour and difference are discussed, as exemplified by the experiences of strangers and w o m e n in urban PART OlUE space.
Together these three chapters offer an understanding of urban space as a socio-spatial entity that needs to be studied both objectively and subjectively, at the intersection of space production and everyday life. Part T w o concentrates on the urban design process as a constituent part of urban Perspectives space production. Following the study of our knowledge of urban space in Part One, Part T w o is devoted to the ways in which urban space is shaped and into Urban Space produced.
T h e key word here is the action that is taken in the urban design process: the prescriptive approach to the creation of future urban space. Part T w o is subdivided into four chapters. Chapter 4 tries to confront ambiguities in the scope of urban design and to find a definition for it. Chapter 5 looks at the relationship between urban design and the urban development process.
A model of the development process is proposed, and the changing nature of development agencies and their impacts on urban space are examined. S o m e of these impacts, such as the standardization of design and the privatization of space, are then briefly discussed.
Chapter 6 focuses on the relationship between urban design and the planning system. It evaluates the question of design and aesthetic control, and reviews the means by which the planning system, mainly in Britain, deals with design. After examining economic and political contexts of urban design, w e turn our attention to the images and ideas used to shape urban space.
Chapter 7 discusses Utopias as a strong influence on urban design thinking. It identifies three main trends in twentieth century urban design: urbanism, anti-urbanism, and micro-urbanism.
In urbanism, with its modernist or post-modernist tendencies, the focus of attention is on shaping and reshaping urban space. In anti-urbanism, the intention is to abandon urban areas and to colonize the countryside. Micro- urbanism, as exemplified in the British new towns or the American N e w Urbanism, has confronted and combined both urbanist and anti-urbanist tendencies. Chapter 8 brings the various elements together and offers s o m e conclusions. CHAPTER 1 Understanding Urban Space The t h r e e c h a p t e r s in this part concentrate on understanding urban space as an a g g l o m e r a t i o n of p e o p l e , objects and events.
In this chapter, the concepts of space and their relationship w i t h urban design will be explored. In Chapter 2, w e will look at h o w this u r b a n space is structured.
Chapter 3 then focuses on the people within t h e s e structures and on h o w understanding urban space will not be complete w i t h o u t l o o k i n g at it from b e l o w , as well as from above. Together, these three c h a p t e r s offer an insight into urban space. Part 2 will follow this u n d e r s t a n d i n g b y analysing urban design as one of the processes that produce this urban s p a c e. This c h a p t e r will focus o n space as the m a i n subject matter of urban design and a n u m b e r o f other disciplines and professions.
It will explore some of the main a p p r o a c h e s to, a n d the d i l e m m a s associated with, the concept of space. At the risk of o v e r s i m p l i f y i n g c o m p l e x concepts in the limited space of a chapter, 1 will search for a m e a n i n g of space, w h i c h can be u s e d in urban design and can be shared with other spatial arts and sciences.
This chapter will look at the way various disciplines involved in the s t u d y a n d transformation of space tend to understand it.
Disciplines such as g e o g r a p h y , planning and architecture, whose primary concern is with space, h a v e d e v e l o p e d concepts of space from different, but inevitably interrelated, perspectives.
In their theorizations, they have often benefited from debates in p h i l o s o p h y , p s y c h o l o g y , sociology, m a t h e m a t i c s and physics, to name a few. It will offer an awareness of the d i m e n s i o n s of space, with keys to a better understanding of the debates about space w i t h i n different disciplines.
This will help us to position ourselves and to find our w a y in u n d e r s t a n d i n g the intricate m a z e of urban space and the discussions about it.
T h e highly prescriptive and practical nature of design requires a set of i n f o r m a t i o n to be a s s e m b l e d , often too quickly due to time limits. This is therefore an urgent task, Speake, S p a c e and time w e r e "containers of infinite extension or despite theoretical and practical problems inherent in the relationship between duration".
Within t h e m , the whole succession of natural events in the w o r l d find a k n o w l e d g e a n d action, especially in an a r e n a as complex as urban space, in a definite position. T h e m o v e m e n t or r e p o s e of things, therefore, w a s really taking process as so often mystified and potentially controversial as design. B e f o r e N e w t o n , Aristotle had described space as the container space, there is a multiplicity of gaps and fragmentations in understanding space.
The reading lists of urban design theory courses, drawn from different universities in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia, are analysed to identify common texts.
These texts are then considered to be one reading of what constitutes the shared body of knowledge. A comparison is made between this list of titles and those texts offered in various urban design readers to provide a better overall picture of the shared body of knowledge.
Finally, a chronological analysis is made to illustrate the development of the three types of urban design theory. Usually, a number of influential texts, recognized as describing key concepts, generate the shared professional language. This common understanding of the professional language is both derived from and informs the shared body of knowledge of the field. Certain scholars have tried to provide a list of key texts of urban design.
These attempts suggest a need to define and understand what the important texts are. For these scholars, the texts they consider important are those they think make up some of the shared body of knowledge. While useful, there are two pertinent issues with these texts. First, as knowledge develops, the picture will require updating. Second, the methodology behind the choice of texts is not clear.
Therefore an updated and systematically selected view of the key texts is required. Providing an overview of the knowledge is challenging. As fundamentally different types of texts are gathered under the title of urban design it is necessary to have a model to interpret the existing literature. Knowledge being broader than theory, it is the theory that gives meaning to knowledge and makes it applicable. Therefore, in mapping the knowledge of urban design, the first part of the article focuses on theories.
It is necessary here to clarify what is meant by urban design theory and how it differs from scientific theory. Scientific theory is mostly based on generalization and refutation Curd and Cover, The concept of refutability has been applied to urban design Cuthbert, b , but this is problematic because each case of urban design has its own particular conditions.
As urban design strives to make better places, the concept of a good place normative aspects recurs throughout the literature. The problem with applying the concept of refutability and the inclusion of normative direction means urban design theory is not a pure scientific theory.
This definition puts theory at the heart of knowledge. The typology offered in the first part of this article is one model for mapping knowledge. This typology relies on distinguishing between subjects, object and knowledge of urban design. The second part of this article explores more general understanding of the knowledge of urban design.
It is important to recognize that the shared body of knowledge will, by its very nature, consist of texts selected using a variety of criteria and will sometimes reflect opposing aims or approaches. Nevertheless, the shared body of knowledge plays an important role in both the legitimizing of the profession and the emergence of professionalized institutes.
The shared body of knowledge and the institutionalization of knowledge are thus mutually reinforcing. In this article, texts are only considered as belonging to the shared body of knowledge if they are commonly recommended by numerous universities. These universities use literature in the English language even though they are located in different political economies. A comparison of common texts reveals some differences in what is being regarded as urban design in different countries. After providing its reading of the shared body of knowledge, this article demonstrates an application of the typology presented in the first part to the shared body of knowledge.
Each part of this article is presented discretely so as to allow room for thinking about further applications of both the shared body of knowledge and the typology. As Inam mentioned, one of the reasons for mapping bodies of knowledge is to enable the asking of critical questions p. In the conclusion, further possibilities for such critical research are suggested.
Part one — Typology Introduction: Necessity for structure In order to have a comprehensive understanding of theoretical debates within the field, a structure connecting discrete theories is needed.
Such a structure would be derived from studying the existing knowledge rather than imposing pre-existing categories. Typology is a method of classification which meets most of the requirements for a useful structure. The typology suggested here is derived from the literature but does not purport to be comprehensive. Instead, the aim is to present a model that makes sense of different functions of theory in the domain of urban design.
Typology is a familiar concept in the field of urban design — different typologies of space, behaviours, processes and products are present within the literature Lang, ; Krieger and Saunders, Classification systems and the idea of type have long been used by human beings in order to make sense of the world. The idea of typology is most helpful when some similarity exists between phenomena.
However, typology does not just act to highlight similarities — it also shows the difference between types. The development of the typology being presented here was not a linear process.
It was derived through testing and retesting how the model fits with the literature. Therefore, the typology could have been presented after the shared body of knowledge in this article. However, the current order was chosen because it makes clear that this typology is only one possible model with which to organize different sets of urban design theories.
A typology is generally considered successful if it is based on a method of classification that results in exhaustive and exclusive categories.
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It is helpful if the typology can have uses beyond basic classification Davidson Reynolds, Owing to the nature of urban design debates, an absolutely exhaustive and exclusive typology is not possible. Nevertheless, a typology of urban design can still succeed by meeting three basic objectives: correcting misconceptions and confusion by systematically classifying related concepts, effectively organizing knowledge and facilitating theorizing Allmendinger, , p.
Three types of urban design theory in the literature There are numerous possible criteria for developing categories in order to produce a typology of theories. Examples are political direction, philosophical approach, language, product and scale.
Each of them might be useful for a specific purpose. The typology proposed here classifies theories based on their aims rather than their approaches, strategies or philosophical perspectives. This results in a more practical overview of the knowledge because the theories that try to achieve similar goals fall into one category. In order to clarify the categories within the typology, the following descriptions use examples of appropriate texts to present one among many possible readings of the literature.
Type one: theories about the subjects within urban design This type of theory focuses on the subjects within urban design. Such a theory usually says what needs to be done in order to achieve an intended result. For example, The Image of the City Lynch, explains what to do in order to achieve a clearer mind map of cities.
However, their understanding is only about one specific aspect of real city life. In actual practice, designers tend to adjust such theories in order to adapt them for specific cases. Theories in this category often start by explaining a real problem of the built environment, and end with some general concepts that explain a relation between two or more parameters which could be applied in different cases.
Texts of this type do not tend to use the term theory in their discussions. They also tend to reflect widely accepted values, such as democracy, safety, justice or common sense.
This type of theory has one or more cohesive concepts at its core. But each text has a different background, reflected in the human knowledge and research strategy supporting it. Some categories of this type include: Theories of composition of mass and space such as City Planning According to Artistic Principles Sitte, , Collage City Rowe and Koetter, , Space Syntax Hillier and Hanson, and Finding Lost Space Trancik, — these theories are those that explain how the physical shape of cities should be drawn on the map.
This category traditionally involves only two dimensions, but sometimes three dimensions are considered. In other cases, the social impact of the city grids and shape are also considered. There are rich examples in the literature of texts on this topic and various strategies are demonstrated in them. The strategy of space syntax is based on a scientific study of city spaces, although for Sitte, artistic values are of greater importance.
These theories are close to morphological debates Larkham, Conzen, and Lilley, Theories about visual aspects of public spaces such as Townscape Cullen, — these theories explain how three-dimensional design should happen.
Traditionally, architectural design feeds this category, but more recently it has been informed by semiotic studies and visual anthropology. Following the publication of his book, the study and improvement of the image of cities became an important topic in urban design. Theories of safety such as The Death and Life of Great American Cities Jacobs, — these theories suggest different strategies, such as lighting spaces to supporting mixed land use and eyes on the street to bring about security and safety.
These theories have been affected by environmental studies as well as critical appraisals of modern cities. Theories to evoke social interaction such as The Social Life Of Small Urban Spaces Whyte, and Life Between Buildings Gehl, — these theories try to enhance social interaction and make public places more convivial.
It seems that, historically, this type of urban design theory has become more and more inclusive; nowadays debates about different groups in public spaces and public interactions as social capital fall into this type.
Theories to enhance identity, studying history and the meaning of cities such as Urban Space Krier, , Collage City Rowe and Koetter, and The City Shaped Kostof, — these theories are concerned with the history of a city and its meaning for people currently using it.
Theories in this category try to grasp a sense of identity and enhance it through design principles. These theories see the built environment as a tool with symbolic potential for communicating the socio historically built meanings. General classic examples of the theory of the meaning of the built environment are usually close to political theories on the built environment, and recent ones typically talk about different actors and power in the post-modern context.
There are other influential subcategories for this type which do not often feature in the shared body of knowledge discussed in the second part of this article. Some examples are theories about economy of urban design, health as impacted by urban design, urban design management and sustainability. By having different methodology and aims, various categorizations are possible. The logic behind the categorization in this article is highlighted because it facilitates navigation in the literature.
Type two: theories about the object of urban design Theories of the first type do not allow a comprehensive view of urban design, nor do they provide a theoretical context for the field of urban design.
In order to have such a field, another kind of theoretical debate is needed, one which makes sense of all the separate theories. Therefore, the second category is that of theories which portray urban design as a cohesive field. These theories explain how designing as a conscious activity forms urban places. Theories about the object of urban design are based on theories from the first layer.
Type two theories try to integrate theories that can improve specific aspects of public space, to create a comprehensive field that can improve public spaces in general. Attempts at theorizing the object of urban design can be divided into two categories: those that provide a comprehensive view of what urban design object is about descriptive emphasis and those that try to explain how to improve the object of urban design prescriptive emphasis.
This categorization does not mean that the subcategories are fundamentally discrete, but a successful prescription relies on a proper description. Nonetheless, since the aims of the texts falling into subcategories are fundamentally different, it is helpful to distinguish them here.
Comprehensive view of what urban design object is about descriptive emphasis : Even though scholars have different understandings of the object of urban design, texts falling into this subcategory deeply reflect the existing literature in response to the object of urban design.
Despite the fact that they do not propose a manual, they are insightful for understanding of the topic. How to improve the object of urban design prescriptive emphasis : Texts belong to this subcategory try to operationalize discussions from the previous categories.
Responsive Environments Bentley, is one of the earliest texts that can be allocated to this subcategory. Since the practice of urban design has been in a high demand of guidelines, there are many texts written with similar intention. In some cases these texts provide generic solutions for generic problems, for example, the permeability Bentley, When applying these generic solutions, it is important not to let theory dominate the first-hand understanding of the problems.
Otherwise, generic solutions imposed on the contexts may well generate more problems. In other words, unquestioning application of a generic solution could restrict new thinking.This is a viewpoint that tends to. The shared body of knowledge presented here is concerned with teaching in the sense of transferring knowledge educating , and research in the sense of documenting existing processes. However, there is a limited number of texts that can fall into this subcategory.
Emerging Concepts in Urban Space Design. Part 1: There are texts that might be seen as falling on the borderline between a collection of theories and an integral theory.
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