Cities and Dialogue: The Public Life of Knowledge

1st Edition

Jamie O'Brien

May 30, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 152 Pages - 59 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138652057 - CAT# Y228815
Series: Routledge Studies in Urbanism and the City


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This book offers state-of-the-art ‘tools for thinking’ for urban designers, planners and decision-makers.

Thematically it focuses on the contexts of problems in urban design and places community spaces at the heart of urban design research. The book provides practicable tools for network modelling and visualization in urban design research. Step-by-step examples take readers through methods for tracing the evolution of road networks, and their impacts on contemporary community spaces. Easy-to-follow guides to programming show how to process and plot community datasets as network graphs. They show ways in which they can help to observe and represent the different ways in which community spaces are inter-connected. This book places these technological methods in the context of current theories of community formations. It considers how these cutting-edge tools for thinking in urban design research – comprising both theories and methods – could transform our understanding of community spaces as being complex, inter-dependent and socially meaningful assets.

This book is the first to analyze the urban context of information production and argue for professional integration between urban and knowledge practitioners. Academics and professionals within urban studies, spatial analysis, museum studies and sociology will benefit from reading this book.

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