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Urban Design: Method and Techniques

2nd Edition

By Rafael Cuesta, Christine Sarris, Paola Signoretta, J.C Moughtin


222 pages

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This book deals with a wide range of techniques used in the urban design process. It then goes on to relate these techniques to a unique, comprehensive account of method. A method of urban design is developed which has sustainability and environmental protection at the centre of its philosophy. Previously, literature regarding the urban design method has been almost totally neglected; this book introduces the topic to the reader. This revised Second Edition encompasses the latest techniques including the development of geographic information systems and financial techniques which help evaluate projects.

A number of techniques are illustrated by example or case study. Where techniques are discussed they are located within the structure of the design process. The book develops a logical framework for a process, which includes problem definition, survey, analysis, concept generation, evaluation and implementation. It is this framework which leads toward the development of an urban design method.

This book is a practical guide for students or professionals in the early part of their careers. It is organized so that each chapter provides guidance which readers would have otherwise had to discover for themselves, often with some difficulty.


'The book takes the reader through the urban design process - defining requirements, debating these with the client, techniques for new ways to solve problems, and the various ways to present ideas and manage the project. It is well illustrated and used examples and case studies throughout.'
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Table of Contents

Definitions; Negotiating the Programme, including a new section on the key constraints that can affect the development programme and a case study of the Eastside of Birmingham; Survey techniques; Analysis, including a section on the use o the computer in urban design studies; Generating alternatives; Project evaluation including a new section on financial techniques; Presentation; Project management, including a case study on Millennium Point in Birmingham; Conclusion.

Subject Categories

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