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Urban Ethic

Design in the Contemporary City, 1st Edition

By Eamonn Canniffe


196 pages

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Although contemporary practice in urbanism has many sources of design guidelines, it lacks theory to provide a flexible approach to the complexities of most urban situations. The author provides that theoretical framework, looking beyond the style obsession of urban makeovers to the fundamental elements of city-making. The scope of this book takes in illuminating historical analysis and significant theoretical coherence, while recent case studies link the physical environment to the citizens within it, ultimately offering a new methodology for the analysis and design of urban spaces which encourages a balance between diversity and community.


'Summarising several millennia in such a short space is a feat of synthesis and somehow Canniffe manages it through the selection of significant examples and by making perceptive connections … Perceptive and stimulates a different way of thinking about the city.' - Urban Design

'The book advocates a flexible approach to the solution of urban problems through urban design … Interesting analysis and good interpretation.' – Built Environment, Newsletter of Centre for Built Environment, Kolkata, India

Table of Contents

Part 1: Processes of Urban Development 1. The Questions of the City 2. The Historic City 3. The Industrial City 4. The Post-Industrial City Part 2: Elements of the Urban Environment 5. The Ethic of the City: A Fourfold Model of Urbanism 6. Patterns 7. Narratives 8. Monuments 9. Spaces 10. The Urban Future

About the Author

Eamonn Canniffe teaches Design, Architectural History and Urban Design at the University of Sheffield School of Architecture. His research into the history and practice of urban design extends to the spatial development of the Italian piazza, the urban impact of twentieth century architecture and the implementation of contemporary British urban design projects.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Urban & Land Use Planning
ARCHITECTURE / Buildings / Public, Commercial & Industrial