Basics of Urbanism
12 Notions of Territorial Transformation
History, context, composition, network, profile, density, function, space, access, transition plan, participation, metabolism: basic concepts for a future-oriented design of the city
1st edition, 2021
Text English and German
244 pages, 103 color illustrations, graphics, and plans
20.5 x 23.5 cm
Urban design today is facing a multitude of challenges. Using twelve key terms, this book connects these challenges to projects in this field. It introduces concepts. presents possible solutions, and describes implementation processes. A special focus is put on the interaction of the built environment with living systems—an approach that is slowly gaining acceptance within the urban design community and that is setting aside a primarily building-oriented practice in favor of an increased appreciation of public space.
Basics of Urbanism defines and illustrates parameters with a clearly territorial approach to urban design. Space between buildings is treated as an essential structure for environmental and social change within small-scale neighborhoods and blocks, as well as at the level districts and even entire cities. This approach includes forward-thinking temporal aspects as well as the implementation of existing resources in the creation of new spatial qualities.
With contributions by Markus Bogensberger, Aglaée Degros, Eva Schwab, Marcel Smets. Interviews with Blaz Babnik, Stefan Bendiks, Ilka Cerpes, Harald Gries, Gernot Kupfer, Robert Loher, Claudia Nutz, Ans Persoons, Katarina Psegionnaki, Michael Ryckewaert, Rudolf Scheuvens, Carol Schmitt, Marcel Smets, Maarten van Aacker, Bernd Vlay, Johann Zancanella, and Sibylla Zech.
Anna Maria Bagarić is an architect working as teaching and research assistant at the Institute of Urbanism, TU Graz.
Sabine Bauer is an urban design researcher who works as teaching and research assistant at the Institute of Urbanism, TU Graz.
Radostina Radulova-Stahmer is an architect and researcher who works as teaching and research assistant at the Institute of Urbanism, TU Graz.
Eva Schwab is a landscape designer and deputy director of the Institute of Urban Design, TU Graz.