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Mapping Urban Spaces
Designing the European City

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ISBN 9781032041247
July 26, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
296 Pages 126 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

Mapping Urban Spaces focuses on medium-sized European cities, and more specifically on their open spaces from a psychological, sociological and aesthetic point of view. The chapters illustrate how the characteristics that make life in medium-sized European cities pleasant and sustainable—accessibility, ease of travel, urban sustainability, social inclusiveness—can be traced back to the nature of that space.

The chapters develop from a phenomenological study of space to contributions on places and landscapes in the city. Centralities and their meaning are studied as well as the social space and its complexity. The contributions focus on history and theory as well as concrete research and mapping approaches and resulting design applications.

The case studies come from countries around Europe including Poland, Italy, Greece, Germany, and France, among others. The book will be of interest to students, scholars, and practitioners in architecture, urban planning, and landscape architecture.

Table of Contents

PART 1: MAPPING SPACES. The Phenomenological Approach to the City of Spaces.

1. A Spatial Understanding of Architecture and the City.

2. Landmarks in a History of Spatial Mapping.

3. The Many-faceted Notion of Space: On the Hypothesis of Mapping and the Observation of Spatial Phenomena.

4. Stadtraumgestaltungen: On Perceiving and Reading Urban Spaces.

5. Where the Compact and Open City Meets: Inner and Outer Spaces on the Periphery of Aachen North.

6. Here and There: On the Ambivalence of Transitional Spaces.

PART 2: MAPPING PLACES. The Italian Tradition of Urban Studies.

7. Drawing the City. Form and Meaning.

8. Urban Events and the Soul of the City. The Poetic Political Tripartition of Urban Form.

9. Civic Urbanity. The Places of Everyday Life.

10. Venice as a Paradigm: Urban Studies and the Value of Emptiness in the City’s Design.

11. Nature Prepares the Sites, But It Is Man Who Creates the Organism: Bologna Through Its Geography, Its History and Its Planning Tools.

12. New Urban Landscapes. Fragments of Civil Architecture.

PART 3: MAPPING NATURAL SPACE. The Significance of Landscapes for the Urban Project

13. The Role of Green Spaces in Urban Design Theories in France.

14. Green Space as an Element for a New Urban Dynamic.

15. Uses of Mapping: Methods of Investigation and Ways of Narrating Territory in Architectural Practice and Teaching.

16. Towards a More ‘Natural’ City?

PART 4: MAPPING CENTRALITIES. Urban Regeneration towards a Polycentric City.

17. The Long-Term Method of the Urban Project in Italy and the Parma School.

18. Designing the European Medium-Sized City. Urban Regeneration Technique Through the Structured Densification of the Centrality System.

19. The Project of a Metropolitan Urban Centrality. The Case of the Former Fruit and Vegetable Market of Bologna.

20. Densification as the Key to Suburb Regeneration. The Case of Driescher Hof In Aachen.

21. The European Medium-Sized City: The Characteristics of the Urban Form.

22. The Idea of Space and Urban Sequences. The Case of Parma.

PART 5: MAPPING SOCIAL SPACE. Demographic Analysis as an Image of Urban Complexity.

23. Mapping Urban Spaces with the Use of Physical, Digital and Augmented Reality Models: Experiences from Applications in Architectural and Urban Education.

24. The Urban Circle of Life’ of People with Disabilities: Mapping Urban Inconveniences.

25. Multigenerational Spaces in Conceptual Urban Projects in Polish Cities.

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Lamberto Amistadi is Professor of Architecture and Urban Design, Department of Architecture, University of Bologna – Cesena Campus.

Valter Balducci is Full Professor of Urban Design at the École Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture of Normandy, Rouen-Darnétal, and member of the ATE Research Laboratory.

Tomasz Bradecki, PhD. is a Researcher and Lecturer of Architecture and Urban Design at the Department of Urban and spatial Planning, Faculty of Architecture, Silesian University of Technology.

Enrico Prandi is Professor of Architecture and Urban Design, Department of Engineering and Architecture, University of Parma.

Uwe Schröder is Professor of Architecture at the Department of Spatial Design, Faculty of Architecture, RWTH Aachen University.