Introduction to the case studies
An agenda of design issues has been presented. The following chapters look at a sample of projects, or case studies, which reveal the complexity of these design issues and how responses to each design challenge can vary. In some cases the ‘rules’ will seem to be broken, in others they will have been skilfully manipulated. It is these idiosyncratic decisions that makes the built environment richer, but only when making good places remains the top design priority. The case studies have been chosen because they all perform well at an urban level, and their architecture is well appreciated.They show how quality can be realised in different ways.They are a small and diverse sample of projects, with a common thread of good place-making.