This book is about renewing the city with room for people, about
historical overlay and respect for the building traditions of the past,
and about new architecture on a human scale. The book takes its
departure in the European tradition of the dense classic city. Focus is
on physical and spatial relationships, development patterns, access
principles and their connection to public streets and squares: the
elements that make for a rich urban life.
Rooted in European
traditions, this book is envisioned as a professional "instruction
manual" that offers examples of a more humane direction for urban
conversion. The examples in the book come from major European cities
and are set in a broad conceptual framework. An historical outline
reviews urban development over time.
The chapters are organized
into tool-oriented themes that help urban planners and architects put
the concepts into practice and relate them to their respective