Metropolitan Planning + Design

Measuring Urban Design

Metrics for Livable Places

Authors: Ewing, Reid, Clemente, Otto

  • There is no other book available that explains how to tailor an urban design strategy to a specific community
  • Provides operational definitions and measurement protocols for five intangible qualities of urban design: imageability, visual enclosure, human scale, transparency, and complexity
  • Provides a field survey instrument that has been tested and refined for use by lay observers
  • The series draws from the expertise of some of the world’s leading scholars in the field of Metropolitan Planning + Design
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About this book

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 assess urban design.

The book provides operational definitions and measurement protocols of five intangible qualities of urban design, specifically: imageability, visual enclosure, human scale, transparency, and complexity. The result is a reliable field survey instrument grounded in constructs from architecture, urban design, and planning. Readers will also find illustrated, step-by-step instructions to use the instrument and a scoring sheet for easy calculation of urban design quality scores.

About the authors

Reid Ewing (author of Best Development Practices, Planners Press and Growing Cooler, ULI) is a professor of City & Metropolitan Planning at the University of Utah, associate editor of the Journal of the American Planning Association, columnist for Planning magazine, Fellow of the Urban Land Institute, and member of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED LP-Technical Advisory Group.
Otto Clemente is a senior transportation planner in Fairfax County, VA.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Measuring Urban Design
Book Subtitle
Metrics for Livable Places
Authors
Series Title
Metropolitan Planning + Design
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Island Press/Center for Resource Economics
Copyright Holder
Reid Ewing and Otto Clemente
eBook ISBN
978-1-61091-209-9
DOI
10.5822/978-1-61091-209-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 188
Topics