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Designing Change. Professional Mutations in Urban Design 1980 - 2020 | Eric Firley | 9789462084810 | nai010

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Designing Change

Professional Mutations in Urban Design 1980 - 2020

Author:Eric Firley

Publisher:nai010

ISBN: 978-94-6208-481-0

  • Paperback
  • English
  • 512 Pages
  • Jan 11, 2019

Over the timespan of just one generation the planet’s pace of urbanization has dramatically increased. Through these dynamics and its resulting environmental threats, new challenges have emerged that deeply question the validity of the post-war planning paradigms. Dominant ideologies have been replaced by a problem-solving attitude, increased economic pressure and an urgent quest for evidence. What impact does this have on the work of the urban designer and planner, and how can the profession prepare for the future?

The book Designing Change tries to answer these and many other questions through in-depth conversations with 12 leading practitioners in the field. Conceived as an unpartisan contribution to the discourse about the future of the built environment, Designing Change offers an unorthodox combination of case-study analysis and theoretical debate. It addresses the topic’s complexity through a rigorous focus on process, client relationship and development initiative.

Conversation titles include:
Reconciling opposites
Nature and artifice in the production of French urbanism
The emergence of a new type of urbanity
Contemplating the squatter legacy as a reminder of urban diversity
Digital acceleration and environmental restraint
Mission impossible
North American campus work from the 1980s onwards
A recent history of zoning and design codes in the US
The German way of keeping the power balance in city-making
Concrete descriptions of future situations
China as a place of attainable utopias
From triumphal arches to QR-codes

12 leading urban designers: Christopher Choa (AECOM), Bruno Fortier (Agence Bruno Fortier), Finn Geipel (LIN) Adriaan Geuze (West 8), Djamel Klouche (AUC), Winy Maas (MVRDV) Dennis Pieprz (Sasaki Associates), Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk (DPZ), Albert Speer (AS+P) with Michael Denkel, Paola Viganò (Studio Paola Viganò), Liu Xiaodu (Urbanus) with Wang Hui, Wenyi Zhu (ZhuWenyi-Atelier)

Eric Firley teaches at the University of Miami School of Architecture and is the initiator and co-author of the Wiley’s Urban Handbook Series

Over the timespan of just one generation the planet’s pace of urbanization has dramatically increased. Through these dynamics and its resulting environmental threats, new challenges have emerged that deeply question the validity of the post-war planning paradigms. Dominant ideologies have been replaced by a problem-solving attitude, increased economic pressure and an urgent quest for evidence. What impact does this have on the work of the urban designer and planner, and how can the profession prepare for the future?

The book Designing Change tries to answer these and many other questions through in-depth conversations with 12 leading practitioners in the field. Conceived as an unpartisan contribution to the discourse about the future of the built environment, Designing Change offers an unorthodox combination of case-study analysis and theoretical debate. It addresses the topic’s complexity through a rigorous focus on process, client relationship and development initiative.

Conversation titles include:
Reconciling opposites
Nature and artifice in the production of French urbanism
The emergence of a new type of urbanity
Contemplating the squatter legacy as a reminder of urban diversity
Digital acceleration and environmental restraint
Mission impossible
North American campus work from the 1980s onwards
A recent history of zoning and design codes in the US
The German way of keeping the power balance in city-making
Concrete descriptions of future situations
China as a place of attainable utopias
From triumphal arches to QR-codes

12 leading urban designers: Christopher Choa (AECOM), Bruno Fortier (Agence Bruno Fortier), Finn Geipel (LIN) Adriaan Geuze (West 8), Djamel Klouche (AUC), Winy Maas (MVRDV) Dennis Pieprz (Sasaki Associates), Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk (DPZ), Albert Speer (AS+P) with Michael Denkel, Paola Viganò (Studio Paola Viganò), Liu Xiaodu (Urbanus) with Wang Hui, Wenyi Zhu (ZhuWenyi-Atelier)

Eric Firley teaches at the University of Miami School of Architecture and is the initiator and co-author of the Wiley’s Urban Handbook Series

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