Responsive Environments

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Routledge, May 13, 2013 - Architecture - 152 pages
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Clearly demonstrates the specific characteristics that make for comprehensible, friendly and controllable places; 'Responsive Environments' - as opposed to the alienating environments often imposed today. By means of sketches and diagrams, it shows how they may be designed in to places or buildings.

This is a practical book about architecture and urban design. It is most concerned with the areas of design which most frequently go wrong and impresses the idea that ideals alone are not enough. Ideals must be linked through appropriate design ideas to the fabric of the built environemnt itself. This book is a practical attempt to show how this can be done.
 

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This book is one the must-to-read ones for architects and urban designers.

Contents

Acknowledgements
8
Introduction
9
Permeability
12
Variety
27
Legibility
42
Robustness
56
Visual Appropriateness
76
Richness
89
Personalisation
99
Putting It All Together
106
Notes
143
Suggestions for Further Reading
144
Bibliography
147
Index
149
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Graham Smith is professor emeritus at the University of St Andrews, UK, and editor of "History of Photography".

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