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The City As A Tangled Bank: Urban Design versus Urban Evolution

ISBN: 978-1-118-48734-1
192 pages
December 2013
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Here Sir Terry Farrell, who has built an international career as an architect-planner, encourages other planners and architects to follow the biologists—look at, learn from, and, indeed, admire the nature of the forces that drive the change, and then with humility and respect work with them to nudge, anticipate and prepare for where it takes us. Searching for patterns within the apparent turbulence and complexity, he analyses the notions of urban design and urban evolution and examines whether or not they need necessarily be seen as opposing one another. The first two chapters discuss emergence as an idea in a biological and architectural context, as well as the distinction between urban design and planning in both education and practice, and the impact of other fields such as landscape design. Seven further chapters examine a range of themes embracing the importance of chain reactions in the progress of urban engineering; the character of habitation; layering; taste and context; adaptation and conversion; the advocacy of the architect-planner; and the effects of digital technology on city evolution. Farrell brings his considerable experience in practice to bear, elucidating his thoughts with examples from cities across the world, including Beijing, Hong Kong, London, New York, and Paris.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

Chapter 1: The Emergence of Emergence

Chapter 2: The Urbicultural Revolution

Chapter 3: Connectedness and the Nurturing of Invention

Chapter 4: The DNA of Habitat

Chapter 5: Time, Layers and City Identity

Chapter 6: Architecture Out Of Urbanism

Chapter 7: The High Art of Adaptation

Chapter 8: Urban Activism

Chapter 9: The Era of the Digital City

Conclusion

Acknowledgements

Picture Credits

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Author Information

Sir Terry Farrell is considered to be the UK’s leading architect-planner, with offices in London and Hong Kong. During 40 years in practice he has completed many award-winning projects in the UK including the MI6 Building and the Home Office Headquarters in London, The Deep in Hull, the Centre For Life in Newcastle, and masterplans for the Greenwich Peninsula, Brindleyplace in Birmingham and Newcastle’s Quayside. In East Asia, notable projects include Incheon Airport in Seoul, Beijing Station and Guangzhou Station in China (the largest in the world) and in Hong Kong he designed the Peak Tower, Kowloon Station and development and the British consulate. Throughout his career, Sir Terry has championed urban planning and helped shape central and local government policy on key issues. In London, he is a member of the Mayor’s Design Advisory Panel and he has advised the Department for Transport on high-speed rail, as well as the Department for Communities and Local Government. He has led for several years the design and planning of the Thames Gateway, Europe’s largest regeneration project. In 2010, he was appointed masterplanner for the transformation of Holborn and Earls Court. In 2013, he was invited by the Minister of Culture to lead an independent review of architecture and the built environment. He is the recipient of the London Planning Award 2012–13 for ‘Greatest Contribution to Planning and Development over the last 10 years’.

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Press Release

November 18, 2013
The City as a Tangled Bank: Urban Design vs Urban Evolution

The book’s title, The City as a Tangled Bank: Urban Design vs Urban Evolution, takes its inspiration from the concluding passage of Darwin’s On the Origin of Species and emphasises how habitat and life are intertwined.

In it, Farrell encourages planners and architects to shift their mindset and follow the biologists to look at, learn from and admire the nature of the forces that drive change – and then work with them to anticipate and prepare for where it takes us.

 

This publication asks far reaching questions about the relationship between design, built reality and accelerated change: How can we in an urban context reconcile design with evolution? Designers are generally educated to offer a certain, controlled view of the world, seeking definite solutions, whereas the city tends to represent collective human life and be unharnessed in its growth and contractions.

 

Throughout history, human habitats have largely been the consequence of organic growth – the layering of many hands – rather than the result of a single grand design. But in today’s worldwide climate of accelerated urbanisation, the need for architects and designers to engage with the city in flux is more compelling than ever. In this latest title in the AD Primer series Sir Terry Farrell, who has built an international career as an architect-planner, analyses the notions of urban design and urban evolution and examines whether or not they need necessarily be seen as opposing one another.

 

He brings his own considerable experience in practice to bear, elucidating his thoughts with illustrated examples from cities across the world, including Beijing, Hong Kong, London, New York and Paris.

 

Primarily aimed at architects, students of architects, urban designers and students of urban design, this book will also be of interest to urban planners.

 

 

 

 

The City as a Tangled Bank: Urban Design vs Urban Evolution is available wherever books and e-books are sold priced £27.99.

 

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About the author:

Sir Terry Farrell is considered to be the UK's leading architect planner, with offices in London, Hong Kong and Shanghai. During 40 years in practice he has completed many award-winning buildings and Masterplans in the UK including MI6 and The Home Office Headquarters as well as millennium projects such as The Deep in Hull and Centre For Life in Newcastle. UK Masterplans include Greenwich Peninsula, Brindley Place and the Quayside Newcastle.  In East Asia, notable projects include Incheon airport in Seoul, Beijing Station and Guangzhou Station in China (the largest in the world) and in Hong Kong he designed the Peak Tower, Kowloon Station and development and the British consulate.

 

Throughout his career, Sir Terry has championed urban planning and helped shape central and local government policy on key issues. In London, he is a member of the Mayor's Design Advisory Panel and he has advised the Department for Transport on high-speed rail and the Department of Communities and Local Government. He has led for several years the design and planning of the Thames Gateway, Europe’s largest regeneration project. In 2010, he was appointed masterplanner for the transformation of Holborn and Earls Court. In 2013, he was invited by the Minister of Culture to lead an independent review of architecture and the built environment. He is the recipient of the London Planning Award 2012–13 for ‘Greatest Contribution to Planning and Development over the last 10 years’.

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  • Review copies and jacket images are available on request
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