3rd Edition

Public Places Urban Spaces The Dimensions of Urban Design

By Matthew Carmona Copyright 2021
    690 Pages 778 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    690 Pages 778 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Public Places Urban Spaces provides a comprehensive overview of the principles, theory and practices of urban design for those new to the subject and for those requiring a clear and systematic guide. In this new edition the book has been extensively revised and restructured. Carmona advances the idea of urban design as a continuous process of shaping places, fashioned in turn by shifting global, local and power contexts. At the heart of the book are eight key dimensions of urban design theory and practice—temporal, perceptual, morphological, visual, social, functional—and two new process dimensions—design governance and place production.

    This extensively updated and revised third edition is more international in its scope and coverage, incorporating new thinking on technological impact, climate change adaptation, strategies for urban decline, cultural and social diversity, place value, healthy cities and more, all illustrated with nearly 1,000 carefully chosen images. Public Places Urban Spaces is a classic urban design text, and everyone in the field should own a copy.

    Chapter 1. Urban Design Process: Shaping Better Places

    Chapter 2. The Shifting Contexts for Urban Design

    Chapter 3. The Temporal Dimension

    Chapter 4. The Perceptual Dimension

    Chapter 5. The Morphological Dimension

    Chapter 6. The Visual Dimension

    Chapter 7. The Social Dimension

    Chapter 8. The Functional Dimension

    Chapter 9. The Design Governance Dimension

    Chapter 10. The Place Production Dimension


    Matthew Carmona is Professor of Planning and Urban Design at The Bartlett, University College London (UCL). He is an architect and planner and researches urban design governance, the design and management of public space, and the value of urban design. He Chairs the Place Alliance and blogs at https://matthew-carmona.com.

    ‘The third and the newest edition of the book is one of the best documentations of urban design discourse, not just because of the sheer volume of the materials covered, but also because it helps to "make sense of the complex overlapping and sometimes confusing urban design literature- Hooman Foroughmand Araabi, Journal of Urban Design