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Planning Urban Places

Self-Organising Places with People in Mind, 1st Edition

By Mary Ganis


174 pages

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Urban change is often difficult because we are dealing with people’s elusive notions of place and perception, time and change. Urban design and planning in a changing urban context so that it remains relevant for people is elusive because the idea of place is embedded in memory and identity – but whose memory and whose identity? This book seeks to understand the urban change dynamic so that the planning of urban places aligns with the dynamic of people’s perception of place.

Planning Urban Places examines the premise that building cities is a concrete business surrounded by a shifting context. It discusses the notion of urban design and placemaking from the perspective of place perception and cognitive psychology, place philosophy and human geography. It also considers network theory to help illustrate the self-organising paradigm of small word network theory for planning urban places.

Table of Contents

1. The Planning Dilemma, 2. The Perception of Place, 3. Small World Network Theory, 4. Placemaking, 5. Entangled Places, 6. The Evolution of a Masterplan, 7. Network Analysis: A Pilot Study, 8. Conclusion

About the Author

Mary Ganis has worked as an architect and urban designer in private practice, government and academia. This diverse experience has enabled her to integrate urban design practice and theory as well as explore urban design and planning questions from different perspectives. In 2015 she completed her second PhD research upon which this book is based.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Planning and Urban Design

The Routledge Research in Planning and Urban Design series provides the reader with the latest scholarship in the field of planning and beyond. The series publishes international research covering spatial planning, regional planning, planning history, planning theory, communities, impact assessment, transport, sustainability and urban design. Building on Routledge’s history of academic rigor and cutting edge research, the series will contribute to the rapidly expanding literature in all areas of planning and urban design. 

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Urban & Land Use Planning