Spatial Complexity in Urban Design Research: Graph Visualization Tools for Communities and their Contexts, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Spatial Complexity in Urban Design Research

Graph Visualization Tools for Communities and their Contexts, 1st Edition

By Jamie O’Brien


156 pages | 59 B/W Illus.

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This book offers state-of-the-art ‘tools for thinking’ for urban designers, planners and decision-makers.

Thematically it focuses on the contexts of problems in urban design and places community spaces at the heart of urban design research. The book provides practicable tools for network modelling and visualization in urban design research. Step-by-step examples take readers through methods for tracing the evolution of road networks, and their impacts on contemporary community spaces. Easy-to-follow guides to programming show how to process and plot community data sets as network graphs. They reveal how these can help to observe and represent the different ways in which community spaces are inter-connected. This book places these technological methods in the context of current theories of community formations. It considers how these cutting-edge tools for thinking in urban design research – comprising both theories and methods – could transform our understanding of community spaces as being complex, inter-dependent and socially meaningful assets.

This book is pioneering in its analysis of the urban contexts to community formations, and in its argument for professional integration between urban and knowledge practitioners. Academics and professionals within the fields of design research, urban studies, spatial analysis, urban geography and sociology will benefit from reading this book.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements. List of figures. List of tables.

1. Design research in the built environment 2. Design thinking and spatial complexity 3. A case-based approach to design research 4. Building on the past 5. Community network toolkit I 6. Community network toolkit II 7. Building and representing knowledge 8. Cases in urban community formations. Epilogue.

References. Index.

About the Author

Jamie O’Brien is a design research specialist at URBED, working with spatial data analysis and visualization. He was a Research Fellow at Salford University’s School of the Built Environment, and Senior Research Associate at the Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, University College London (UCL). He holds a EPSRC doctorate in design from the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, and is Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, member of the Design Research Society, and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

About the Series

Routledge Critical Studies in Urbanism and the City

The Routledge Critical Studies in Urbanism and the City Series offers a forum for cutting-edge and original research that explores different aspects of the city. Titles within this series critically engage with, question, and challenge, contemporary theory and concepts to extent current debates and pave the way for new critical perspectives on the city. This series explores a range of social, political, economic, cultural and spatial concepts, offering innovative and vibrant contributions, international perspectives, and interdisciplinary engagements with the city from across the social sciences and humanities. It will appeal to upper level undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as scholars, working in urban studies, planning, geography, geohumanities, sociology, politics, the arts, cultural studies, popular culture, philosophy and literature.

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SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography