Cities and Design

Cities and Design

by Paul L. Knox
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415492882

ISBN-13: 9780415492881

Pub. Date: 08/17/2010

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

"At last, a book that analyses the many ways in which design, in all its manifestations, shapes cities and the ways they are experienced. Rich in historical and contemporary examples and theoretically astute, Knoll's text provides a nuanced and informative critique that will be plundered by students and lecturers from a wide range of academic fields.'-Professor Guy

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"At last, a book that analyses the many ways in which design, in all its manifestations, shapes cities and the ways they are experienced. Rich in historical and contemporary examples and theoretically astute, Knoll's text provides a nuanced and informative critique that will be plundered by students and lecturers from a wide range of academic fields.'-Professor Guy Julier, Leeds Metropolitan University" "'Paul Knox's book provides a comprehensive and thoughtful look at how design, in its many forms, is not just a physical but also a social and economic force shaping our cities. Drawing from a wealth of historical and contemporary material, he conveys this thesis coherently and convincingly. Knox unpacks the many diverse players and variables that symbiotically interact to produce our 21st century design and consumption oriented cities. He demonstrates that this increased emphasis on design has produced a distinctly new urban form.'-Professor Elizabeth Currid-Halkett, University of Southern California" "Cities, initially a product of the manufacturing era, have been thoroughly remade in the image of consumer society. Competitive spending among affluent households has intensified the importance of style and design at every scale and design professions have grown in size and importance, reflecting distinctive geographies and locating disproportionately in cities most intimately connected with global systems of key business services. Meanwhile, many observers still believe good design can make positive contributions to people's lives." "Cities and Design explores the complex relationships between design and urban environments. It traces the intellectual roots of urban design, presents a critical appraisal of the imprint and effectiveness of design professions in shaping urban environments, examines the role of design in the material culture of contemporary cities, and explores the complex linkages among designers, producers and distributors in contemporary cities: for example fashion and graphic design in New York; architecture, fashion and publishing in London; furniture, industrial design, interior design and fashion in Milan; haute couture in Paris; and so on." This book offers a distinctive social science perspective on the economic and cultural context of design in contemporary cities, presenting cities themselves as settings for design, design services and the 'affect' associated with design.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415492881
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/17/2010
Series:
Routledge Critical Introductions to Urbanism and the City Series
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
0.62(w) x 0.92(h) x 2.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures

List of tables

Acknowledgements

Part I Introduction 1

1 Cities, design and urban life 3

2 Design, designers and the resurgent metropolis 38

Part II The intentional city 63

3 Better by design? Historical antecedents 65

4 The city redesigned: modernity, efficiency and equity 100

5 Design for new sensibilities 129

Part III Designer cities 171

6 Design and affect in urban spaces 173

7 Design services and the city 202

8 Conclusion: toward liveability and sustainability 236

References 251

Index 269

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