270 Pages
    by Routledge

    270 Pages
    by Routledge

    The Academy of Urbanism was founded in 2006 with a mission to recognise, encourage and celebrate great places across the UK, Europe and beyond, and the people and organisations that create and sustain them.  This book is a compendium of seventy five places that have been shortlisted as part of the Academy's annual awards scheme which covers great Places, Streets, Neighbourhoods, Towns and Cities.

    Included are 75 places shortlisted between 2009 and 2013.  Each has been visited by a team of Academicians who have spent time in the place, talked to officials and local people and sought to understand what it is that makes them special and how they have achieved what they have achieved.  The Academy also commissions a poem, a drawing and a figure ground plan to understand and interpret the place.  David Rudlin, Rob Thompson and Sarah Jarvis have drawn on this treasure trove of material to tell the story of these 75 places.  In doing so they have created the most comprehensive compendium of great urban places to have been published for many years.

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    2. Towns

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    3. Neighbourhoods

    Accordia, Cambridge

    Borough/Bankside, London

    Bournville, Birmingham

    Brixton, London

    Cathedral Quarter, Belfast

    Coin Street, London

    Creative Quarter, Folkestone

    Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham

    Lace Market, Nottingham

    Northern Quarter, Manchester

    Old Town/Harbour Arm, Margate

    Pollokshields, Glasgow

    Ropewalks, Liverpool

    St. Pauls/Montpellier, Bristol

    Stockbridge, Edinburgh

    4. Streets

    Arcades Cardiff

    Byres Road, Glasgow

    Chapel Street, Penzance

    Cockburn Street, Edinburgh

    Exhibition Road London

    Exmouth Market, London

    Grey Street, Newcastle

    Hope Street, Liverpool

    Kensington High Street, London

    New Road, Brighton

    Portobello Road, London

    Skipton High Street

    St. Patrick’s Street, Cork

    Steep Hill, Lincoln

    Union Street, Aberdeen

    5. Places

    City Park, Bradford

    Crosby Beach, Sefton

    Gillett Square, Hackney

    Grassmarket, Edinburgh

    Kings Place, London

    Meeting House Square, Dublin

    North Laine, Brighton

    Oxford Castle, Oxford

    Princesshay, Exeter

    Queen Square, Bristol

    Sheaf Square, Sheffield

    St. Andrew Square, Edinburgh

    The Wharf, Sowerby Bridge

    Tobermory Harbour, Isle of Mull

    Victoria Quarter, Leeds


    David Rudlin is a director of URBED, Honorary Professor at Manchester University and winner fo the 2014 Wolfson Economics Prize. He started his career working on the redevelopment of Hulme in Manchester and has been at URBED since 1990. He is the author of the book, Sustainable Urban Neighbourhood, published by Routledge in 2009 which was described by Richard Rogers as "the best analysis 9he0 had read of the crisis facing the contemporary city." He is also joint chair of the Sheffield Design Panel, chair of BEAM in Wakefield and a director of the Academy of Urbanism.

    Rob Thompson is an urbanist and planner with close to 25 years’ experience working on a range of urban design and master planning projects in local government and in the private sector. He spent 11 years with Sheffield City Council providing design guidance on major developments and coordinating the city’s design panel. Rob’s interest is focused on how emotional experience can influence and dictate the success of a place. Alongside his long standing relationship with Sheffield School of Architecture, he has also run a successful studio at the institution. Rob currently sits on the Yorkshire and Humber Design Panel and is an Academician of the Academy of Urbanism.

    Sarah Jarvis is a writer about cities who has tried out several for size, living in Paris, New York and Dublin before settling in London. Since studying Geography at Cambridge University Sarah has been exploring different ways to understand, communicate and actively influence how places work – from journalism and travel writing to academic research and consultancy. Sarah has an MPhil in Urban Planning from the Bartlett School UCL, and has worked on projects that range in scale from assessing urban renaissance across England to neighbourhood planning …in Bankside. She also explores places visually – taking on commissions as an artist to examine the processes of change up close.