All great ages of architecture are known by their grand period titles - ours will probably be known as ‘Architecture in the Age of Consumerism’ arising from the self-indulgent intemperance of the developed world, the declining quality of urban life globally, and a universal disregard for proper stewardship of the natural resources of the planet.
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.In the planning and design of the urban setting the aim should be to create ‘ennobling’ and ‘enabling’ environments. Inevitably this demands a process based on peope-driven dynamics, in other words, based on the perceptions of the users of urban space.
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Universal cultural needs 19Cultural needs and urban space 21The urban ecosystem 24Socio-spatial patterning 27Movement corridors and destinations 32
In the context of our environmentally stressed planet, it is not responsible to think of architecture as being ‘good’ only in terms of past design maxims.
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Directions in Architecture 37Cultural Rhythms 56
In the urban environment, the failure to meet the cultural needs of the community, the end user, threatens the amenity value of the social environment with potentially dire sociological consequences
Spaces that liberate 56Sense of community 58Optimum norms for shared streets 64Busy streets and pedestrians 64Outdoor urban life 66Security through the presence of others 67Territorial needs 69Commercial opportunity 69Space for informal marketing and jobs 71Recreational needs 73Urban culture and natural regimes 74