Citizen Design

Participation and beyond

Authored by: Jeffrey Hou

Companion to Urban Design

Print publication date:  January  2011
Online publication date:  March  2011

Print ISBN: 9780415553643
eBook ISBN: 9780203844434
Adobe ISBN: 9781136920097


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Urban design has historically been the domain of design and planning professionals. The scope and complexity of projects and policies that consider form, functions, and finances frequently require specialized knowledge. Reinforced by the legacy of institutional and professional elitism in design and planning, the practice often shuns the participation and knowledge of ordinary citizens. The complex mechanisms that drive many large-scale projects also veil them from easy scrutiny. As a result, although urban design in essence addresses the making of the public realm, it was not until recent decades that its practice has become more open to the involvement of the public.

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