Applied Urban Design: A contextually responsive approach

Philip Black, Michael Martin, Robert Phillips, Taki Sonbli

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Applied Urban Design combines ‘why’ we design and ‘who’ we design for, with ‘how’ we design, by providing the reader with a comprehensive and accessible bespoke framework for both understanding and practicing urban design in a contextually responsive manner from appraisal to design delivery. The framework is presented across four distinct steps, covering analysis at strategic and local scales; the urban design program; design development; and technical design. The authors unpack the functional blueprints, liveable qualities, contextual dynamics, and technical components of quality urban design, identifying the role of urban designers in shaping spaces and places across differing local contexts through a responsive and multiscalar approach. International best practice examples and two original ‘live’ case studies in Aalborg, Denmark and Manchester, UK demonstrate the application of the framework across differing scales and contexts – each supported by authors own images and graphics that illustrate the broad range of urban design visualisation techniques and methods.

Visually compelling and insightful, Applied Urban Design is for all who seek to understand, demand, and create people-centred, high-quality, contextually responsive places and spaces.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNew York
Number of pages344
ISBN (Print)9780367897543, 9780367903985
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2024


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