- Demonstrates that cities are replete with symbolic values, collective memory, association and conflict.
- Proposes a new theoretical understanding of urban design, based in political economy.
- Demonstrates different ways of conceptualising the city, whether through aesthetics or the prism of gender, for example.
- Written in an engaging and jargon-free style, but retains a sophisticated interpretative edge.
- Complements Designing Cities by the same author (Blackwell, 2003).
Introduction: The Problem.
Urban Design: Definitions.
Urban Design: ‘Theory’.
Spatial Political Economy and Urban Design.
Introduction: What is History?.
History and Urban Design.
Materialist Theory Overview.
Introduction: Implications from Philosophy.
Philosophy and Urbanism Paradigms.
Philosophy and Urban Design 4. Politics.
Introduction: Politics and Ideology.
Power: Rights and Laws Law as Ideology.
Politics and Urban Planning.
The Public Realm.
Introduction: Culture and Urban Design.
The Culture of Modernism.
Globalisation, Culture, Economy.
Authenticity and Symbolic Representation.
The New Ruralism/Urbanism.
Introduction: Gender the Missing Component.
Gender and Society Gender and Patriarchy.
Gender and Capital.
Gender and Space.
Gender and Urban Design.
Introduction: Nature and the City.
Origins and Development.
Sustainability and Development.
Sustainable Urban Design.
Introduction: Aesthetics – Objects and Experience.
The Aesthetics of Urban Form.
Mathematics and the Divine Order.
Introduction: Taxonomy, Typology, Morphology, System.
Typologies Derived from Associated Disciplines.
Typologies Derived from Traditional Urban Design Perspectives.
Implications from Spatial Political Economy.
Introduction: Cultural Capital.
Professions and Knowledge Systems.
Professions and Space.
Urban Design Education Postscript.