Streets and Patterns (Hardback)Stephen Marshall (author)
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There is an emerging consensus that urban street layouts should be planned with greater attention to `placemaking' and urban design quality, while maintaining the conventional transport functions of accessibility and connectivity. However, it is not always clear how this might be achieved: we still tend to have different sets of guidance for main road networks and for local streetgrids. What is needed is a framework that addresses both of these, plus main streets - that don't easily fit either set of guidance - in an integrative manner.
Streets and Patterns takes up this challenge to create a coherent rationale to underpin today's streets-oriented urban design agenda. Informed by recent research, the book looks behind existing design conventions and beyond immediate policy rhetoric, and analyses a range of first principles - from Le Corbusier and Colin Buchanan to New Urbanism.
The book provides a new framework for the design and planning of urban layouts, integrating transport issues such as road hierarchy, arterial streets and multi-modal networks with urban design and planning issues such as street type, grid type, mixed-use blocks and urban design coding.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 454 g
Dimensions: 210 x 210 mm
'Marshall's contribution is the opening of a systematic exploration of network structures and the development of a number of new approaches to deal with the problems implied. I am sure that his book will become a key reference in the literature on urban and transport network form.' - DISP 2005
'A thoughtful and significant contribution to the growing body of formal knowledge on our urban realm ... An entirely worthwhile study.' - Trenton Oldfield, Civic Focus, Winter 2005/06
'This is one of the most exciting books the reviewers have read this year ... [it] would be of the most interest to students and researchers ... as well as to practitioners who are looking for a useful guideline for better urban design.' - Transport Reviews