Transforming Towns: Designing for Smaller Communities

Jones, Matthew (2020) Transforming Towns: Designing for Smaller Communities. RIBA Publishing, London. ISBN 9781859469064

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Transforming Towns explores the role of contemporary architecture in creating thriving smaller communities across the UK and beyond.

The book will explore how new, contemporary architecture can contribute to creation of thriving and resilient small communities. It addresses a lack of practical guidance for architects and designers working in towns and villages and promotes a place-specific, sustainable approach to living, working and playing in small communities in the 21st century.

This book aims to shift the narrative from sustaining and conserving to re-thinking and championing our small settlements. Through illustrated case studies drawn from the UK and Europe, it will explore how the challenges faced by smaller communities can be overcome through sensitivity, creativity, collaboration and long-term stewardship. The projects illustrated will demonstrate the possibilities of working in historic fabrics, creatively engaging local people, re-connecting town centres to their surroundings and integrating a mix of uses into town centres. Highlighting key lessons and design principles from each case study, the book will give practitioners at smaller practices the tools to take the lead in creating big visions for our small communities.

Item Type: Book
1 September 2020Published
Subjects: CAH13 - architecture, building and planning > CAH13-01 - architecture, building and planning > CAH13-01-01 - architecture
CAH13 - architecture, building and planning > CAH13-01 - architecture, building and planning > CAH13-01-04 - planning (urban, rural and regional)
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > Birmingham School of Architecture and Design
Depositing User: Matthew Jones
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2020 14:33
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2022 13:28

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