Cities and Design

Cities and Design

by Paul L. Knox
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0415492890

ISBN-13: 9780415492898

Pub. Date: 08/17/2010

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415492898
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/17/2010
Series:
Routledge Critical Introductions to Urbanism and the City Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Part 1: Introduction 1. Cities, Design and Urban Life 2. Design, Designers and the Resurgent Metropolis Part 2: The Intentional City 3. Better by Design? Historical Antecedents 4. The City Redesigned: Modernity, Effeciency and Equity 5. Design for New Sensibilities Part 3: Designer Cities 6. Design and Affect in Urban Spaces 7. Design Services and The City 8. Conclusion: Towards Liveability and Sustainability

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