Commentary

Urban design covers a multitude of professional activities. It does involve design. Defining the context, political and physical, of urban design work with precision is difficult. The model of the purposes served by the public realm and the built environment in general as shown in Figure 1.6 provides a framework for considering what variables have been of importance in the different cases to be covered in this book. The more multipurpose the public realms in the case studies covered here are supposed to be and the more varied their contexts, the more complex the issues and the process of decision-making. Many more actors are involved. The more open and diverse a society, the more intricate and involved are the debates over ends and means and the more diverse the opinions about the results achieved. Collaborative work dealing with planning, landscape architecture and architectural concerns as well as those of various types of engineering in a politically volatile context is difficult and, often, highly stressful.

The goal of this chapter has been to set the scene for the discussion of the various types of urban development work that have been subsumed under the rubric of urban design by somebody or other. The objective of the next chapter is to present a framework for considering urban design procedural types and the understanding of the mechanisms available for shaping design ends and means. Its goal, in turn, is to provide a typology for understanding the range of urban design work that has been conducted over the past 50 years and is being conducted today - the subject matter of Chapter 3.

Homeowners Guide To Landscaping

Homeowners Guide To Landscaping

How would you like to save a ton of money and increase the value of your home by as much as thirty percent! If your homes landscape is designed properly it will be a source of enjoyment for your entire family, it will enhance your community and add to the resale value of your property. Landscape design involves much more than placing trees, shrubs and other plants on the property. It is an art which deals with conscious arrangement or organization of outdoor space for human satisfaction and enjoyment.

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