“A good city is not a
result of individual, independent and selfish decisions”
Mayor of Bogota)
The city is a collage of
overlapping precincts, places and linkages (Rowe and Koetter, 1978). How should
these elements be designed and organized? Is the urban design a product or a
process? This book is not only to provide a typology of procedures and products
of the urban design field but also to present a number of case studies that
illustrate the range of interpretations of urban design.
This book is written by Jon Lang,
a master in urban development and design program of University of new South
Wales Sydney, Australia. The book is consist of 4 (four) comprehensive parts.
Part I is the nature of urban design and urban designing. In this first part,
the author discusses the public realm of cities and urban design, urban design
process and the evolving typology of urban design process.
Second part of the book provides
a clear explanation about traditional urban design process and product. This part
is completed with various case studies from around the world.
The core of the book is present
in the third part of the book. There are four typologies of current work of urban
design process and procedures which are total urban design, all-of-piece urban
design, piece-by-piece urban design and plug in urban design. All of these
typologies explanation come with number of case studies each.
The future of urban design is the
last part of the book. In this part, a visionary thought about urban design is