This design primer examines the forces at work in the built environment and their impact on the form of buildings and their environments. The actions of a range of individuals and agencies and the interaction between them is examined, exploring the competing interests which exist, their interaction with physical and environmental forces and the uncertain results of both individual and corporate intervention.
Table of Contents
Introduction. The Development of Settlements. Nature and settlement. Settlements and growth. Modern urban places. The Qualities of Places.Equity and access. Variety and vitality. Environment and space. Creating people-friendly places. Public policy and planning. Community action and involvement. Renewal and regeneration. Making connections. Index.
"The format is very reader-friendly...Anyone teaching courses that are concerned with urban place, for whatever discipline or professional qualification, would do well to review Creating Neighbourhoods. - Local Government Neighbourhoods
"...the book represents a good first port-of-call for students interested in the broad processes at work in the production of quality built environments." - Journal of Urban Design
'...very accessible and...easy to read... Each chapter is begun with a clear introduction to the topic that is dealt with, and the key issues to be discussed are identified...it is refreshing to find a book that is rich in examples taken from provincial cities, and in which London is not emphasised at the cost of everywhere else.' - 'Environment and Planning, 1998