Convivial urban spaces : creating effective public spaces / Henry Shaftoe.

by Shaftoe, HenryLooking glass.

Publisher: London : Earthscan, 2007.Description: 1 volume : illustrations ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9781844073887; 1844073882.Subject(s): Public spacesLooking glass | Public spaces -- DesignNote: Includes index.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

Despite developments in urban design during the last few decades, architects, urban planners and designers often continue to produce areas of bland, commercially led urban fabric that deliver the basic functional requirements of shelter, work and leisure but are socially unsustainable and likely generators of future problems.

Convivial Urban Spaces demonstrates that successful urban public spaces are an essential part of a sustainable built environment. Without them we are likely to drift into an increasingly private and polarized society, with all the problems that would imply. Taking a multidisciplinary approach, this book draws on research, and the literature and theory of environmental psychology and urban design, to advance our understanding of what makes effective public spaces. Practical guidance is illustrated with case studies from the UK, Spain, Germany and Italy. The result is a practical and clearly presented guide to urban public space for planners, architects and students of the urban environment.

Includes index.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • 1 Introduction (p. 1)
  • Overview (p. 1)
  • Discussion (p. 4)
  • Defining Convivial Spaces (p. 6)
  • 2 Public Spaces - Why Have Them and Who Are They For? (p. 11)
  • Why Have Public Space and Who Is It For? (p. 11)
  • Securing an Inclusive or Exclusive Urban Realm (p. 16)
  • Children and Public Space (p. 33)
  • Addressing the Use of Public Space by Young People (p. 39)
  • 3 What Makes a Space Convivial? (p. 47)
  • Principles and Underpinnings (p. 47)
  • The Psychology of Public Space (p. 51)
  • Aesthetics - Sensing the Character of an Area (p. 56)
  • Important Influences on the Use of Public Space (p. 64)
  • Size, Shapes and Types of Public Space (p. 73)
  • 4 How Can One Create and Sustain Successful Public Spaces? (p. 81)
  • Designed or Evolved? (p. 81)
  • Case Study: Ciutat Vella, Barcelona (p. 88)
  • Comfort (p. 92)
  • Case Study: Berlin (p. 107)
  • Joy (p. 111)
  • Case Study: Bristol (p. 122)
  • Managing and Maintaining Public Spaces (p. 125)
  • Case Study: Padua (p. 130)
  • Case Study: York (p. 134)
  • Conclusion: The Constituents of Conviviality (p. 139)
  • References and Bibliography (p. 145)
  • Index (p. 151)

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Henry Shaftoe is a senior lecturer, specializing in safer, better neighbourhoods, at the University of the West of England