Over the timespan of just one generation the planet’s pace of urbanization has dramatically increased. Through these dynamics and its resulting environmental threats, new challenges have emerged that deeply question the validity of the post-war planning paradigms. Dominant ideologies have been replaced by a problem-solving attitude, increased economic pressure and an urgent quest for evidence. What impact does this have on the work of the urban designer and planner, and how can the profession prepare for the future?
Designing Change tries to answer these and many other questions through in-depth conversations with 12 leading practitioners in the field. Conceived as an unpartisan contribution to the discourse about the future of the built environment, Designing Change offers an unorthodox combination of case-study analysis and theoretical debate. It addresses the topic’s complexity through a rigorous focus on process, client relationship and development initiative.
Eric Firley teaches at the University of Miami School of Architecture and is the initiator and co-author of the Wiley’s Urban Handbook Series
CHRISTOPHER CHOA (AECOM), London - Reconciling Opposites
BRUNO FORTIER (Agence Bruno Fortier), Paris - Nature and Artifice in the Production of French Urbanism
FINN GEIPEL (LIN), Berlin - The Emergence of a New Type of Urbanity
ADRIAAN GEUZE (West 8), Rotterdam - Contemplating the Squatter Legacy as a Reminder of Urban Diversity
DJAMEL KLOUCHE (AUC), Paris - Digital Acceleration and Environmental Restraint
WINY MAAS (MVRDV), Rotterdam - Mission Impossible
DENNIS PIEPRZ (Sasaki Associates), Boston - North-American Campus Work from the 1980s onwards
ELIZABETH PLATER-ZYBERK (DPZ), Miami - A Recent History of Zoning and Design Codes in the US
ALBERT SPEER (AS+P) with MICHAEL DENKEL, Frankfurt - The German Way of Keeping the Power Balance in City-Making
PAOLA VIGANÒ (Studio Paola Viganò), Milan - Concrete Descriptions of Future Situations
LIU XIAODU (Urbanus) with WANG HUI, Shenzen - China as a Place of Attainable Utopias
WENYI ZHU (ZhuWenyi-Atelier), Beijing - From Triumphal Arches to QR Codes
PublisherNai Uitgevers Pub