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Moralising Space: The Utopian Urbanism of the British Positivists, 1855-1920

Moralising Space: The Utopian Urbanism of the British Positivists, 1855-1920

1st Edition

Matthew Wilson
May 02, 2018

Amidst the soot, stink and splendour of Victorian London, a coterie of citizen-sociologists set out to break up the British Empire. They were the followers of the French philosopher Auguste Comte, a controversial figure who introduced the modern science of sociology and the republican Religion of...

Cities and Metaphors: Beyond Imaginaries of Islamic Urban Space

Cities and Metaphors: Beyond Imaginaries of Islamic Urban Space

1st Edition

Somaiyeh Falahat
April 23, 2018

Introducing a new concept of urban space, Cities and Metaphors encourages a theoretical realignment of how the city is experienced, thought and discussed. In the context of ‘Islamic city’ studies, relying on reasoning and rational thinking has reduced descriptive, vivid features of the urban space...

Public Space Unbound: Urban Emancipation and the Post-Political Condition

Public Space Unbound: Urban Emancipation and the Post-Political Condition

1st Edition

Sabine Knierbein, Tihomir Viderman
March 26, 2018

Through an exploration of emancipation in recent processes of capitalist urbanization, this book argues the political is enacted through the everyday practices of publics producing space. This suggests democracy is a spatial practice rather than an abstract professional field organized by...

Cognition and the Built Environment

Cognition and the Built Environment

1st Edition

Ole Möystad
December 13, 2017

Cognition and the Built Environment argues that interacting with our built environment, as users and as architects, is a cognitive process. It claims that architecture, in its form and meaning, is a basic, embodied level of human cognition. The assumption is that we and our built environment...

Planning for Greying Cities: Age-Friendly City Planning and Design Research and Practice

Planning for Greying Cities: Age-Friendly City Planning and Design Research and Practice

1st Edition

Tzu-Yuan Stessa Chao
December 06, 2017

Planning for Greying Cities: Age-Friendly City Planning and Design Research and Practice highlights how modern town planning and design act as a positive force for population ageing, taking on these challenges from a user-oriented perspective. Although often related to 'healthy city' concepts, the...

Planning and Citizenship

Planning and Citizenship

1st Edition

Luigi Mazza
November 22, 2017

Planning is undergoing a period of profound change and risks losing meaning and authority by becoming merely a tool for financial speculation and generating capital. Planning and Citizenship seeks to rediscover planning’s technical and theoretical roots by reconstructing the memory of planning...

Paris Under Construction: Building Sites and Urban Transformation in the 1960s

Paris Under Construction: Building Sites and Urban Transformation in the 1960s

1st Edition

Jacob Paskins
November 22, 2017

During the 1960s, building sites in Paris became spaces that expressed preoccupations about urban transformation, labour immigration and national identity. As new buildings and infrastructure changed the city, building sites revealed the substandard living and working conditions of migrant...

Placemaking: An Urban Design Methodology

Placemaking: An Urban Design Methodology

1st Edition

Derek Thomas
November 22, 2017

End-users provide the most valuable perspective and insights into how public social space should function. Much of the failure of urban settings can be related to over-structured urban environments which deterministically prescribe usage, constraining instead of enabling socio-spatial performance....

Place and Placelessness Revisited

Place and Placelessness Revisited

1st Edition

Robert Freestone, Edgar Liu
November 22, 2017

Since its publication in 1976, Ted Relph’s Place and Placelessness has been an influential text in thinking about cities and city life across disciplines, including human geography, sociology, architecture, planning, and urban design. For four decades, ideas put forward by this seminal work have...

Tokyo Roji: The Diversity and Versatility of Alleys in a City in Transition

Tokyo Roji: The Diversity and Versatility of Alleys in a City in Transition

1st Edition

Heide Imai
November 21, 2017

The Japanese urban alleyway, which was once part of people’s personal spatial sphere and everyday life has been transformed by diverse and competing interests. Marginalised through the emergence of new forms of housing and public spaces, re-appropriated by different fields, and re-invented by the...

Heritage-led Urban Regeneration in China

Heritage-led Urban Regeneration in China

1st Edition

Jing Xie, Tim Heath
November 10, 2017

Urban planning, regeneration and design is an essentially cultural practice with the outcomes often depending upon an understanding of and engagement with the past. As cities in China strive to be competitive and attractive on the world stage, their decaying historical urban fabrics are being...

Unplugging the City: The Urban Phenomenon and its Sociotechnical Controversies

Unplugging the City: The Urban Phenomenon and its Sociotechnical Controversies

1st Edition

Fábio Duarte, Rodrigo Jose Firmino
October 19, 2017

Modernity has entrusted technology with such power that it is treated as an autonomous entity, with its own manners and morals. Technological disruptions are also socially disruptive: technological failures reveal both the constituents of the technology itself and the social fabric woven by this...

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