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Measuring Urban Design

Metrics for Livable Places

Reid Ewing Otto Clemente

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Island Press
15 July 2013
What makes strolling down a particular street enjoyable? The authors of Measuring Urban Design argue it's not an idle question. Inviting streets are the centerpiece of thriving, sustainable communities, but it can be difficult to pinpoint the precise design elements that make an area appealing. This accessible guide removes the mystery, providing clear methods to measure urban design.
By:   Reid Ewing, Otto Clemente
Imprint:   Island Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 254mm,  Width: 178mm,  Spine: 13mm
Weight:   522g
ISBN:   9781610911948
ISBN 10:   1610911946
Pages:   312
Publication Date:   15 July 2013
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  General/trade ,  Further / Higher Education ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

Reid Ewing is Professor of City and Metropolitan Planning at the University of Utah and the author of Best Development Practices (9781884829109) and Growing Cooler (9780874200829). He is co-editor with Arthur C. Nelson of the Island Press series in Metropolitan Planning + Design. Reid lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Otto Clemente is a senior transportation planner working and living in the Washington, DC region.

Reviews for Measuring Urban Design: Metrics for Livable Places

Everyone has turned to a companion and observed, 'This is a great place, I am really glad to be here.' But few of us have the lexicon, and even fewer have the data, to support our assertion. Good for Ewing and colleagues for bringing both to us, and in such a clear and readable way. --Richard J. Jackson Professor and Chair, Environmental Health Sciences, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health This timely guide draws upon the best available research to show how contextually rich and robust metrics of urban design, like legibility and imageabilty, are associated with active, livable places. Designers, planners, public health professionals, and anyone else who cares about quality of urban living will gain a lot from this book. --Robert Cervero Professor, Department of City and Regional Planning, UC Berkeley Developed to assess the mixed-use streets that are key focal points in livable places, this guidebook clearly shows how to measure important urban design concepts. In detailing how they developed the checklist and what it is best at measuring, the authors make a substantial contribution to urban planning and design. --Ann Forsyth Professor of Urban Planning, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University This book will be valuable to those interested in the process--and particularly the pitfalls--of developing numerical measures of urban condition. --CHOICE They provide operational definitions and measurement protocols for five intangible qualities of urban design: imageability, visual enclosure, human scale, transparency, and complexity --Reference & Research Book News Measuring Urban Design promises to open a new field of evidence-informed urban design. This book, which began as an Active Living Research grant, is a big achievement in creating metrics for urban design qualities. It should be used widely to create more liveable and health-promoting urban places. --James F. Sallis Distinguished Professor of Family and Preventive Medicine UC San Diego


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