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Where We Live: A Guidebook to Urban Design

Where We Live: A Guidebook to Urban Design

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This guidebook is an introduction to some key concepts of urban design. It is a beginner's guide aimed at anyone who wants to grasp the basics.

It will be a useful resource for people whose city, town, village or estate is about to undergo change through urban regeneration. The guidebook is designed to enable you to understand some of the issues presented by urban designers and planners and to give you the confidence to talk their language and appreciate what good urban design can be. This will help you influence the design so that it changes your community's day-to-day life for the better.
This guidebook is an introduction to some key concepts of urban design. It is a beginner's guide aimed at anyone who wants to grasp the basics.

It will be a useful resource for people whose city, town, village or estate is about to undergo change through urban regeneration. The guidebook is designed to enable you to understand some of the issues presented by urban designers and planners and to give you the confidence to talk their language and appreciate what good urban design can be. This will help you influence the design so that it changes your community's day-to-day life for the better.

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This guidebook is an introduction tosome of the key concepts of urban design.It is a beginner’s guide aimed at anyonewho wants to grasp the basics.It will be a useful resource for peoplewhose city, town, village or estate is aboutto undergo change through urban re- generation. The guidebook is designedto enable you to understand some of theissues presented by urban designers andplanners and to give you the condenceto talk their language and appreciate whatgood urban design can be. This will helpyou inuence the design so that itchanges your community’s day-to-day lifefor the better.
A Guidebook to Urban Design
By Deer Park Alpha
 
Introduction
i. What is Urban Design?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2ii. Why Should I Care About Urban Design?. . . . . . . . . . . . .4iii. What is in this Guidebook?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6Dictionary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8
Place 10
i. Local Character & Pattern. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12ii. Orientation, Landscape & Weather. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14iii. Routes, Views & Vistas. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16iv. Enclosure. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18Dictionary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20Case Study – Blandford Forum, Dorset. . . . . . . . . . . . .23
Making Good Spaces 24
i. How High, Wide & Far Apart. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26ii. Building Lines & Corners. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28iii. No Blank Walls Please. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30Dictionary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32Case Study – Silver Hill Development, Winchester. . . . . . .35
Bringing it to Life 36
i. Connecting Buildings to the Street. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38ii. Urban Clutter & Materials. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40iii. Public & Community Art. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42Dictionary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44Case Study – Weston Shore, Southampton. . . . . . . . . . .45
An Invitation to Get Involved 46Further Reading 47Acknowledgements 48
 
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Urban design means shaping villages, townsand cities in ways that make them inspiringand functional places to live. Urban designapplies equally to single buildings, streetsor entire neighbourhoods. It recognises thatany urban area is a complicated network of building types, transport systems, people,landscapes and spaces.Urban design involves making decisionsto promote community spirit. A successfulplace, whether developed over time orthrough urban regeneration, allows people tomove freely through interesting surroundings.It is these characteristics that inform thisguidebook which has people and places,not buildings, at its heart.
What is Urban Design?

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