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
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