Urbanism  book cover
1st Edition


ISBN 9781138015623
Published December 12, 2016 by Routledge
270 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

1. Cities
















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

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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.