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1st Edition

Urban Design and the British Urban Renaissance

Edited By

John Punter

ISBN 9780415443036
Published November 9, 2009 by Routledge
392 Pages

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Book Description

Are Britain’s cities attractive places in which to live, work and play? Asking that question, this is a critical review of how the design dimension of the Urban Renaissance strategy was developed and applied, based on expert academic assessments of progress in Britain’s thirteen largest cities. The case studies are preceded by a dissection of New Labour’s renaissance agenda, and concluded by a synthesis of achievements and failings. Exploring the implications of this strategy for the future of urban planning and design, this is a must-read for students, practitioners of these subjects and for all those who wish to improve the quality of the British urban environment.

Table of Contents

1. An Introduction to the British Urban Renaissance John Punter  Part 1: The English ‘The Core Cities’: An Introduction  2. Birmingham: Translating Ambition into Quality Joe Holyoak  3. Manchester: Making it Happen Michael Hebbert  4. Leeds: Shaping Change and Guiding Success Lindsay Smales and Rachael Unsworth  5. Sheffield: A ‘Miserable Disappointment’ No More? Philip Booth  6. Liverpool: A Decade of Development and Urban Design Michael Biddulph  7. Bristol: A Limited Urban Renaissance Henry Shaftoe  8. Newcastle: In Search of a Post-industrial Direction Ali Madanipour  9. Nottingham: A Consistent and Integrated Approach to Urban Design Tim Heath  Part 2: London and Thames Gateway: An Introduction  10. Central London: Intensity, Excess and Success in the Context of a World City Marion Roberts and Tony Lloyd-Jones  11. Kings Cross: Renaissance for Whom? Michael Edwards  12. The Isle of Dogs: 35 Years of Regeneration, but What Renaissance? Matthew Carmona  13. Thames Gateway: The Story So Far Sarah Chaplin and Lora Nicolaou  Part 3: The Celtic Capitals: An Introduction  14. Edinburgh: Catching Up with the Contemporary Leslie Forsyth and Marilyn Higgins  15. Glasgow: Renaissance on the Clyde? Steve Tiesdell  Part 4: Wales: An Introduction  16. Cardiff: ‘A Reputation for Imaginative Architecture and Iconic Urban Design’? John Punter  Part 5: Northern Ireland: An Introduction  17. Belfast: Re-branding the Renaissance City: from ‘the Troubles’ to the Titanic Quarter® William Neill  18. Conclusions: Reflecting on Urban Design Achievements in a Decade of Urban Renaissance John Punter

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John Punter is Professor of Urban Design in the School of City and Regional Planning at Cardiff University. With a wealth of experience in the field, he has written extensively on design review practices around the world. He is a Director of the Design Commission for Wales and Co-Chair of its Design Review Panel.