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This centrally located concert hall, congress centre and hotel followed a protracted planning process and raised questions also apparent in the other cities , concerning who is public space for. At its heart was the idea of establishing a new public space in the form of an urban living room for the city. Agnostics to advocates With different trajectories, all four of the case study cities have witnessed a journey from an agnostic managerial perspective to a role as advocate with regard to the merits of public space investment, sometimes for classic entrepreneurial reasons Biddulph , but increasingly for social ones.
Whilst this belief seems to have persisted during the austerity years, the discussion of the changing political and policy context of the four cities indicates that it has also been evolving as part of the larger neo-liberal project that Peck and Tickell , p. Thus just as the wider political-economy of each city has continued to evolve, so to have approaches to public space. The discussion that follows pulls this apart and, by comparatively identifying trends in the design, development, use and management practises across the four cities, determines whether there are any significant common threads that can be detected during the austerity years.
Design Space as spectacle As already noted, public space quality is often placed in the vanguard of perceived needs for cities to compete with each other globally, and the architectural competition is a common means to achieve this Strebel and Silberberger Its , urban space action plan prescribed a double strategy of metropolitan projects in the city centre and local projects in residential neighbourhoods to upgrade existing areas and create a number of new, unique urban spaces City of Copenhagen a , b , p.
Although conceived before , most of these were constructed and opened in the midst of the financial crisis. Each, for good or ill, extended traditional notions of public space Cho et al. Whilst there have been individual examples of re-prioritising space in favour of pedestrians e. Gradually very gradually , a re-balancing of ordinary street space is occurring TfL , While Copenhagen even raised its budget for public urban space projects during the austerity years, the city is increasingly moving away from high-profile public realm schemes towards everyday maintenance and functional adaptations to existing public spaces.
However, this does not mean that the city now only pursues technical solutions to urban problems. Kjelds City of Copenhagen a and public spaces and recreational opportunities are being weaved into the planning of bicycle pathways across the city. A similar multi-functional approach is seen in Oslo where the health impacts of public space design are now well established as a driver of practice, leading to a strong focus on the recreational opportunities provided by public spaces.
With their tightly drawn growth boundaries, Oslo and London exemplify this. In Oslo, the need to redevelop ex-industrial areas frequently begins with the establishment of public spaces, but because densification is leading to a greater concentration of people living in inner city areas, spaces are now subject to more intensive use for a greater range of purposes mobility, play, barbecues, events, swimming, jogging, etc.
Building at higher densities has also put pressure on the provision of private including communal outdoor spaces in new residential developments, particularly in central locations where prices have been rising dramatically. As it is a political goal to build more flats, developers have been arguing for a higher proportion of small flats 35 m2 and for an easing of requirements relating to sunshine penetration into private outdoor spaces Boligvekstutvalget They argue instead that the provision of public outdoor spaces can replace the need, sparking debates about the appropriate size and distance from homes of any such provision.
The results have sometimes proved controversial, including the re-design of Chelsea Barracks where a scheme by Richard Rogers became mired in controversy following a damming intervention by Prince Charles and was subsequently replaced by traditional terraces and mansion blocks around a series of garden squares Adams In , battle raged over rival plans to redevelop the huge Mount Pleasant sorting office.
On the one hand, contemporary medium and higher rise blocks and a linear park was proposed, and this was pitched against, on the other, traditional mansion blocks and a central classically designed square. This gradual densification of the sorts of low-density cities that predominate in Northern Europe means that public spaces are having to work a lot harder than they have before. In Copenhagen, for example, a number of public—private development models for public spaces are common in terms of project organisation, financing and ownership.
Since the s, many large-scale urban redevelopment projects have been led by the publicly owned but profit-oriented urban development company, By og Havn, 9 or entirely by private development companies, including Carlsberg City. The escalation in costs led to questions in the local media and a political crisis, with many arguing that in times of austerity, the project was costing too much.
In other words what is the value of public space. This is shaping many of the largest development projects in the city, including three new Westfield shopping centres built since and many new high-density and often high-rise housing and office developments such as around Battersea Power Station. In reality the resulting privately owned and managed public spaces continue to be as varied in experiential terms as their purely public and pseudo-public counterparts Carmona and Wunderlich , and, in common with the other cities, new privately managed public spaces are always shaped by a negotiation between commercial interests and regulatory policies and practices.
Valuing the temporary and exploratory Arguably, debates relating to the privatisation of public space are so hotly pursued precisely because such interventions, for good or ill, are so permanent.
Reflecting on this move to the temporary, Tonkiss , p. But Kamvasinou , p. The resulting spaces became very popular and were promoted for their experimental approach to urban design Hausenberg et al. Later, independently funded activities moved into the area including a climbing obstacle course, a container city flea market, a beach bar, and a range of cultural institutions; all helping to give rise to a distinct Carlsberg culture.
Once the market took off again and development activities kicked off, most of the temporary projects disappeared to the regret of many local citizens, leading to public debate over the value and objectives of temporary projects for urban development.
Following the sale of assets, the municipality was able to cover infrastructure costs in the Western Harbour prior to the financial crisis; believed at the time to be a necessary precondition for developers to invest in the area. Developers, however, subsequently found a ready market for their products and owners have also earned good money when within two years the price of their flats doubled 10 Fig.
These types of partnerships are regulated by development agreements under public law which allows municipalities to create juridical binding planning provisions which zone areas as public space. Some of the resulting spaces end up being privately owned and managed whilst others are managed by the municipality.
Negotiation is also the key in London, with major development subject to bespoke planning agreements. Typically, such negotiations encompass a wide range of public goods from schools to roads, and streets to social infrastructure. In such complex negotiations, there is a danger that public space issues are given inadequate attention and that spaces are then either sub-standard when completed or long-term rights and responsibilities are inadequately resolved.
Carmona b has argued that there is need for the Mayor to adopt a clear and simple charter of public space rights and responsibilities to cover the whole city and this idea was picked up in the draft London Plan which promises that the Mayor will bring forward a Public London Charter Mayor of London : Policy D7. As things stand, however, each of the 33 boroughs and the Mayor do their own thing and in these negotiations particularly in the immediate post-crisis years developers are in a strong position.
In this case the co-location of the concert hall and the congress centre was promoted from the start. The emergence of the foyer or Urban Common represented a natural development of this as both facilities would feed into it and help to further the new knowledge-based vision for the city. In Copenhagen, public space redevelopment is increasingly being financed through investments in local infrastructure directly effecting public space. For example, up to , the city will invest 3.
In London, although public expenditure has been dramatically cut back during the austerity years, expenditure on new public space projects has faired relatively well care of its association with expenditure on the Olympic Games, and latterly on public transport. During this period also, Government has been on a journey.
Focusing neither on a limited checklist of urban design qualities nor, it is hoped, excluding important areas, it takes a holistic approach to urban design and place-making and thus provides a comprehensive overview of the subject both for those new to the subject and for those requiring a general guide.
To facilitate this, it has an easily accessible structure, with self-contained and cross-referenced sections and chapters, enabling readers to dip in for specic information. The incremental layering of concepts aids those reading the book cover to cover. Urban design is seen here as a design process, in which, as in any design process, there are no right or wrong answers, only better and worse answers, the quality of which may only be known in time.
It is, thus, necessary to have a continually questioning and inquisitive approach to urban design rather than a dogmatic view. The book does not seek to produce a new theory of urban design in a prescriptive fashion. Instead it expounds a broad belief in e and attitude to e urban design and place-making as important parts of urban development, renewal, management, planning and conservation processes.
Synthesising and integrating ideas and theories from a wide range of sources, the book derives from a comprehensive review and reading of existing literature and research. It also draws on the authors experience teaching, researching and writing about urban design in schools of planning, urban studies, architecture and surveying.
The same is true of schools of architecture, property, real estate and landscape. Second, from a need to prepare undergraduate lecture modules presenting ideas, principles and concepts of urban design to support the programmes design studio teaching.
Although many excellent urban design books existed, it soon became apparent that none drew from the full range of urban design thought. The writing of these modules generated the idea for the book and provided its overall structure. The Books Structure The book is in three main parts. It begins with a broad exposition of what is meant by urban design. In Chapter 1, the challenge for urban design and for the urban designer is made explicit.
The chapter deliberately adopts a broad understanding of urban design, which sees urban design as more than simply the physical or visual appearance of development, and an integrative i. While urban designs scope may be broad and its boundaries often fuzzy, the heart of its concern is about making places for people e this idea forms the kernel of this book.
More precisely, it is about making better places than would otherwise be produced. This is e unashamedly and unapologetically e a normative contention about what we believe urban design should be about rather than necessarily what at any point in time it is about.
We therefore regard urban design as an ethical activity e rst, in an axiological sense because it is intimately concerned with issues of values and, second, because it is, or should be, concerned with particular values such as social justice, equity and environmental sustainability.
Chapter 2 outlines and discusses issues of change in the contemporary urban context. Chapter 3 presents a number of overarching contexts that provide the background for urban design action e the local, global, market and regulatory.
These contexts underpin and inform the discussions of the individual dimensions of urban design principles and practice in Part II. Part II consists of Chapters 4e9, each of which reviews a substantive dimension of urban design e morphological, vii Motivation This book comes from two distinct sources.
First, from a period during the s when the authors worked together at the University of Nottingham on an innovative undergraduate urban planning programme. Its primary motivation was a belief that teaching urban design at the core of an interdisciplinary, creative, problem-solving discipline, planning and other professionals would have a more valuable learning experience and a better foundation for their future careers.
Although in many schools of planning urban design is still guratively put into a box and taught by the schools single urban design specialist, viii Preface perceptual, social, visual, functional and temporal. As urban design is a joined-up activity, this separation is for the purpose of clarity in exposition and analysis only. These six overlapping dimensions of urban design are the everyday substance of urban design, while the cross-cutting contexts outlined in Chapter 3 relate to and inform all the dimensions.
The six dimensions and four contexts are linked and related by the conception of design as a process of problem solving.
The chapters are not intended to delimit boundaries around particular areas of urban design and, instead, highlight the breadth of the subject area, with the connections between the different broad areas being made explicit. Urban design is only holistic if all areas of action e morphological, perceptual, social, visual, functional and temporal e are considered together.
In Part III e Chapters 10e12 e implementation and delivery mechanisms for urban design are explored e that is, how urban design is procured, controlled and communicated, thereby stressing the nature of urban design as a process moving from theory to action. Aspiring urban designers, especially those still in education, can often produce exciting visions and design proposals for the development of urban areas and the creation of seemingly wonderful public places.
The qualities of such visions may seem entirely self-evident and the case for their immediate implementation overwhelming. But this is a romantic, perhaps nave, view of urban design and place-making. We live in the real world and what appears entirely rational on paper is much more difcult to achieve on the ground. Furthermore, the reality is that implementation often fails in some way.
Policies and proposals drift off course. Seen differently, however, they also evolve and develop through the implementation process.
Stressing that places matter most, the nal chapter brings together the various dimensions of the subject to emphasise the holistic and sustainable nature of urban design.
Rather than what urban design is or should be, the focus is how decisions become outcomes ends , and the processes means by which this happens.
An Emerging and Evolving Activity It is only recently in the UK that urban design has been recognised as an important area of practice by the existing built environment professions, and even more recently that it has been recognised by central and local governments. This has been marked by central government through urban design and place-making becoming more central elements of the planning remit.
In the USA e in certain states at least e urban design has often been more fully conceptualised and better integrated into the activities of the established built environment professionals.
Examining the planning history of cities such as San Francisco and Portland clearly demonstrates this. More generally, as in the UK, recent initiatives at both public and professional levels have combined to give urban design a new prominence e in the public sector, through the spread of design review as a means to promote better design through planning action and through the professions with the emergence of, for example, the Congress for the New Urbanism.
In addition, urban design is the focus of well-developed grassroots activity, with local communities participating in the design, management and reshaping of their own local environments. Urban design is a growing discipline. There is increasing demand for urban design practitioners e or, more simply, for those with urban design expertise and place-making sensibilities e from the public and private sectors around the world.
This growth has been matched by a range of new urban design courses at both graduate and undergraduate levels; by greater recognition in planning, Preface ix architectural and surveying real estate education; by a number of new urban design journals; and by a new demand from both private and public practitioners wanting to develop appropriate skills and knowledge. All urban designers, whether knowing or unknowing see Chapter 1 , need a clear understanding of how their various actions and interventions in the built environment combine to create high quality, people-friendly, vital and viable environments or, conversely, poor quality, alienating, or simply monotonous environments.
As a eld of activity, urban design has been the subject of much recent attention and has secured its place among established built environment professions as a key means to address interdisciplinary concerns. In this position, it is a policy and practice-based subject, which, like architecture and planning, benets from an extensive and legitimising theoretical underpinning.
This book draws on that now extensive conceptual underpinning to present many of the key contributions aimed at benecially inuencing the overall quality and liveability of urban environments.