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Karsten Pålsson
Public Spaces and Urbanity
How to Design Humane Cities
Construction and Design Manual
225 x 280 mm, 272 pages
530 images, hardcover
ISBN 978-3-86922-613-2 (English)
€ 68,00
September 2017. DOM publishers, Berlin

New in the Construction and Design Manuals series by DOM publishers:

Karsten Pålsson

Public Spaces and Urbanity

How to Design Humane Cities

Taking examples from major European cities, Public Spaces and Urbanity is a practical guide demonstrating what urban development with a human face might look like. This involves renewing and enhancing humane cities using architecture on a human scale while taking their history into account. Thus the book follows the tradition established by Jan Gehl that regards urban space as a framework for people to live in and socialise.

The European tradition of the dense classical city marks the point of departure for this book. Special emphasis is placed on physical and spatial parameters, on development patterns and building types, on the guiding principles governing access, and on interconnections with public roads and pathways – all of which form the foundations of urban life as well as cities that provide safety and security.

The book is divided into ten thematic chapters, each providing a definition and general outline of key challenges as well as proposals for meeting them. An historical outline of urban development and the practically organised thematic structure underlying concepts discussed allow the examples given to greatly broaden the field of understanding around this topic. It presents a historical overview of urban development and features a practical, thematic structure to underpin the concepts discussed, allowing the illustrative examples to give a broader understanding of the field. For each topic, the book provides specific instructions and arguments for designing a liveable city from an architectural viewpoint that focuses on urban life. As such, the book is an indispensable tool for city planners, decision makers in communities and cities, architects, clients, and project developers.


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The Construction and Design Manuals series by DOM publishers lists architectural handbooks that combine solid research with high aesthetic standards. These useful companions provide inspiration and valuable information for architects and their clients alike. Teachers and students of architecture will find them an easy-to-use learning tool. Internationally available. For further information please go to: