Rethinking Masterplanning: Creating Quality Places

Husam Al Waer (Editor), Barbara Illsley (Editor)

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Rethinking Masterplanning explores new holistic approaches to masterplanning that aim to address the unpredictable nature of development, and accommodate elements of change in a socio-demographic context. This book reviews the latest debates, research and practice and includes expanded discussions of key areas such as adaptive and synergistic masterplanning, collaboration and co-production in masterplanning, and typological and plot-based masterplanning. Today’s complex systems of development require an integrated approach for dealing with changes in place to bring desired longer-term impacts and benefits, and become the basis of future professional development practice. Rethinking Masterplanning seeks to challenge conventional ideas, to reflect on the nature of the masterplanning process from visioning and collaboration to delivery and assessment, and to learn from practice around the globe. Contributions from leading theorists and practitioners explore:

•the experience of masterplanning in different contexts including the UK, Europe, the Middle East, China and the USA to offer best practice guidance

•includes case studies, and full colour illustrations help demonstrate the application of the concepts discussed

•the catalysts of change and renewal, and the global and local contexts and processes within which masterplanning as ‘placemaking’ occurs

•how higher quality development and quality places can be achieved through the use of masterplanning as a tool for collaboration and co-production with communities

•emerging placemaking practice and offers guidance on a more dynamic and resilient masterplanning process

•the role of sustainability assessment in the masterplanning process. Written in a clear and accessible matter, the approaches described throughout this book are relevant to all professionals and researchers involved in planning and designing the urban environment, such as urban planners, urbanists, urban designers, architects, policy makers, developers as well as local communities.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherICE Publishing
Number of pages237
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-7277-6071-5
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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