Urban Spaces: Environments for the Future
This title presents 25 of the most successful urban planning projects from around the world, complete with full-colour photographs and plans. Commentary from the creators reveals the complexities, technical aspects and innovations of each project.
Today's best-planned city projects meld living, working and public spaces in ways that will make life there pleasant for many years to come. Reading this title will unlock some of the secrets of these wannabe utopias. Featured projects include Acconci Studio's Roof Like A Liquid Flung Over The Plaza, West 8 & MIRO's Madrid River, Gustafson Porter's Old Market Square and EDAW's Tokyo Midtown.
This collection of outstanding projects for public spaces is an excellent overview of current trends in urban planning, new forms of social existence have led to an increased interest in the definition of urban space. Our cities have already crossed the dividing line between space to inhabit and habitable space and, at present, it is difficult to conceive of a good urban development plan without an equally good plan of the public space involved. This volume has brought together twenty five examples of the best in urban design, with the indelible stamp of the most internationally known professionals. Each of them is thoroughly documented and illustrated with full color glossy photographs and drawings, to capture the full scale of the project's complexities, technical assets and aesthetic innovations. This book, the fruit of a complete case study, will undoubtedly be of the greatest value to all architects, urban planners and students seeking an introduction to the latest tendencies in the field of public space design.