ISBN : 978-81-954409-0-0
Streets For All : 50 Ideas for Shaping Resilient Cities
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Streets For All explores the potential of the most ubiquitous public space in our cities. Going from Egypt to Japan, Sweden to Brazil and New York to Malta, it examines the social, economic, ecological, architectural and technical dimensions of streets across the world and offers tactics and strategies on how they can be recast, repurposed and redesigned towards greater resilience and resourcefulness. Authored by a variety of individuals – citizen activists, photographers, artists, urban designers, architects, landscape architects, ecologists, sociologists, engineers, professors, practitioners – this book interrogates the notion of who our streets are for, who in turn shapes them, by what means and to what ends. It argues that while we share larger aspirations regarding the future of our streets, the socio-political and cultural realities of the cities in which streets are situated play a crucial role in how we engage in the processes of transforming them. This book reveals why our urban future is being shaped as much by progressive efforts in affluent nations and those in economically less developed ones. Foreword by Jan Gehl : It is my hope and wish that this book will be read by individuals across nations and multiple professional disciplines. It provides us both inspiration and insight to elevate the livability of cities and towns across the world. - Founding partner of Gehl Architects & receipient of the 2015 Global Award for Sustainable Architecture Book Release : Book was launched at Katholic University, Leuven Belgium on 29 June 2022.
In an age when our society is becoming increasingly imprisoned in the virtual world, here is a timely and remarkable counterpoint. In this impressive volume, authors from around the world provide remarkable insights on how our daily and most used physical connector - the street - continues to offer us oppurtunities for creative ingenuity, as a stage for meetings, but more importantly as an object for research and solutions to urgent global problems.
If you are an urbanist, no matter which part of the world and no matter what your metier and interest in urban life, this is a book for you. Enter its contents at any of its five sections that represent the multiple layers of the phenomenon of the streets and you find a thought-provoking discussion that will lead you to explore all the other dimensions.