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How to Design Humane Cities: Public Spaces and Urbanity: Construction and Design Manual

Karsten Palsson

  • Format: Book

  • Pages: 272pp, 530 images

  • Publisher: Dom publishers

  • Date Published: Oct 2019

  • Stock Code: 40823

  • ISBN: 9783869226149

  • Binding: Paperback

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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 core challenges together with 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.

About the Author

Karsten Palsson

Karsten Pålsson has been an architect for 35 years, working initially with regional, municipal and local planning. For the past 30 years, he has had his own architecture firm with focus on urban redevelopment, infill, restoration, planning and the transformation of housing areas and buildings. Karsten Pålsson works internationally, primarily through teaching collaboration with Latin American Countries, as well as teaching international students in urban renewal and modernization at the Danish Technical University.

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