Responsive Environments

By Sue McGlynn, Graham Smith, Alan Alcock, Paul Murrain

Edited by Ian Bentley

© 1985 – Routledge

152 pages

Purchasing Options:
Paperback: 9780750605663
pub: 1985-12-01
US Dollars$77.95
Hardback: 9781138170506
pub: 2015-10-08
US Dollars$165.00

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About the Book

Clearly demonstrates the specific characteristics that make for comprehensible, friendly and controllable places; 'Responsive Environments' - as opposed to the alienating environments often imposed today. By means of sketches and diagrams, it shows how they may be designed in to places or buildings.

This is a practical book about architecture and urban design. It is most concerned with the areas of design which most frequently go wrong and impresses the idea that ideals alone are not enough. Ideals must be linked through appropriate design ideas to the fabric of the built environemnt itself. This book is a practical attempt to show how this can be done.


'an important contribution to design as place making'
Environmental and Archtectural Phenomenology Newsletter

'Virtually everything in this book is highly relevant to the work of landscape architects tackling urban problems.'
Landscape Design

Table of Contents

Permeability; Variety; Legibility; Robustness; Visual appropriateness; Richness; Personalisation; Putting it all together; Index.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Urban & Land Use Planning