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Publication Detail
Urban design in the realm of urban studies
  • Publication Type:
    Chapter
  • Authors:
    Arabindoo P
  • Publisher:
    Ashgate Publishing
  • Publication date:
    2014
  • Place of publication:
    Farnham, UK
  • Pagination:
    47, 58
  • Chapter number:
    5
  • Editors:
    Carmona M
  • ISBN-10:
    1409462641
  • ISBN-13:
    9781409462644
  • Book title:
    Urban design primer: Explorations in urban design
  • Language:
    English
  • Keywords:
    urban studies, Le Grand Paris, regional urbanism, postmetropolis, social science and urban design
Abstract
Most urban design debates of the twentieth-century have questioned its endurance as a coherent discipline choosing instead to located it rather conveniently in the interstices of architecture and planning. But given its continued preoccupation with aesthetic formalism triggering a general dissolution of the idea of the social, scholars are increasingly making a plea for an alternative social imagination of urban design by reorienting it towards social sciences. While the central argument of this chapter to situate urban design and urban studies together as cognate disciplines might seem to endorse this trend, there is a departure here, as the attempt is to generate an urban knowledge that can offer a counter-narrative of contemporary cities, mobilisinga new space of critical intervention. Their interactions help to decipher the rapidly urbanising, boundless landscape where, by shifting the attention from design to a focus on the urban, the resulting recombinant urbanism emphasises not only the rescaling of the urban but also rethink its postmetropolitanform through the emergent landscape of regional urbanism. Using examples from pedagogy as well as practice including the most recent example ofLe Grand Paris, this chapter finds that the tools and techniques of this recombinant urbanism facilitates a never seen before spatial imagination, where the flavour of the urban is retained even when it is being reformulated as something that is flexibly held between the local and the regional. It also generates space for new theories of visualisation where the core epistemological focus of urban design emphasising typological and morphological understandings of the city, which are frequently considered as methodological toolkitscan be restored as a genealogy of practice rather than mere representation.
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