Designing the Urban Renaissance: Sustainable and Competitive Place Making in England (Hardcover)

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This book is an academic essay about the urban regeneration policies which have been changing the physical - and partly social - outlook of many English cities during the last 10-15 years, eventually giving birth to a process which is also known as 'Urban Renaissance'. The main focus is on urban design: the way it has been promoted by the government as an important means for delivering attractive places in more sustainable and competitive cities. The research describes the support given to local authorities for this purpose through new laws and powers, the publishing of planning and design manuals and the delivery of especially dedicated funds, bodies and programmes. It also explores the character and purpose of new developments such as scientific parks, creative/cultural quarters, retail and commercial dis-tricts, public realm works, describing recurring design rules and features.
Readers interested in urban policies, architecture and the built environment will find a concise yet comprehensive explanation, enriched by more than a hundred pictures, on why and how many towns and cities like Birmingham, Nottingham, Leicester or Sheffield have been changing during the last decade.

About the Author

Dr. Arch. Francesco Vescovi graduated in Architecture (specialization Urban Design) in Milan in 1972. He worked as consultant for three years in Milan at the City Council's Department for Urban Regeneration (Assessorato alle Periferie). In 2005 he graduated his PhD in Architecture, Urban Design and Landscape Conservation, Politecnico di Milano with a research on 'city marketing and urban design strategies'. He is now lecturer in Urban Design at the Faculty of Civil Architecture of Politecnico di Milano, Italy.

Product Details
ISBN: 9789400756304
ISBN-10: 9400756305
Publisher: Springer
Publication Date: January 11th, 2013
Pages: 173
Language: English