This book provides a bold vision and roadmap for creating great places. Imagining and designing urban environments where all people thrive is an extraordinary task, and in this compelling narrative, Cushing and Miller remind us that theory is a powerful starting point. Drawing on international research, illustrated case studies, personal experiences, as well as fascinating examples from history and pop culture, this practical book provides the reader with inspiration, guidance and tools. The first section outlines six critical theories for contemporary urban design - affordance, prospect-refuge, personal space, sense of place/genius loci, place attachment, and biophilic design. The second section, using their innovative ‘theory-storming’ process, demonstrates how designers can create great places that are inclusive, sustainable, and salutogenic. Creating Great Places is an insightful, compelling, and evidence-based resource for readers who want to design urban environments that inspire, excite, and positively transform people’s lives.

chapter |14 pages


Why Evidence-Based Design?

part Part I|83 pages

Six Critical Theories for Contemporary Urban Design

chapter 1|11 pages

Affordance Theory

Take Your Cue

chapter 2|12 pages

Prospect-Refuge Theory

Now You See Me, Now You Don’t

chapter 3|14 pages

Personal Space Theory

Keep Your Distance!

chapter 4|13 pages

Sense of Place Theory/Genius Loci

Locating the Magic

chapter 5|13 pages

Place Attachment Theory

Fostering Connections

chapter 6|18 pages

Biophilic Design Theory

The Healing Power of Nature

part Part II|83 pages

Applying Design Theory to Global Priorities

chapter 7|17 pages

Salutogenic Design

Promoting Healthy Living

chapter 8|20 pages

Child-Friendly Design

Where Young People Thrive

chapter 9|22 pages

Age-Friendly and Inclusive Design

Designing for Everyone

chapter 10|17 pages

Sustainable Design

Radically Redesigning Our Built Environment

chapter |5 pages


Creating Great Places through Theory-Storming