Designing London: Understanding the Character of the City (Hardcover)
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Urban character is frequently cited by planners, developers, and architects as something they wish to protect and enhance. But little or no effort is ever made to define urban character in specific or quantitative terms. In Designing London, architect and critic Ike Ijeh provides a definitive and comprehensive analysis of London’s urban character. He establishes key principles by which the architecture of the capital’s streets, buildings, and spaces can be designed to enhance the character of the city. He first identifies and analyses the constituent physical, social, and environmental ingredients that form London’s urban character and reviews the architectural, historic, and planning context within which these ingredients operate. Then, through case studies of recent and proposed architectural projects, he discusses examples of how London’s character has either been undermined or enhanced. Ultimately, the book emphasizes the enormous value of London’s unique urban character and encourages greater understanding and awareness of how that character is directly affected by architectural design decisions.
About the Author
Ike Ijeh is the architecture correspondent for Building magazine and for Building Design's online magazine. He is also a practicing architect at Blackstone Architects and the founder of London Architecture Walks.