Academic journal article The Town Planning Review

The Design Companion for Planning and Placemaking

Academic journal article The Town Planning Review

The Design Companion for Planning and Placemaking

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The Design Companion for Planning and Placemaking, Urban Design London, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, RIBA publication, 2017, 192 PP-, ?30, ISBN978I85946 7480

If you walk around most urban design practices you will find two documents on most desks and drawing boards: the Metric Handbook and the Manual for Streets. These two documents have long acted as reference documents for practitioners and educators alike. The Metric Handbook provides detailed information about the typical dimensions and layouts of buildings and urban design features, whilst the Manual for Streets provides broader urban design principles. This design companion promises to offer a third document to this list: one that fills a gap in the information available to urban designers in particular. Namely, how do these urban design principles and proportions relate to broader planning policy? This book answers this question with clarity and precision.

The Design Companion is structured in two sections. The first section addresses the relationship between design and planning disciplines. This is considered through seven chapters, each addressing many of the core procedures in planning and explaining these to a design-focused audience. The second section of the book focuses on specific design sectors or design themes, such as housing, landscaping and public spaces. …

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