Public Places Urban Spaces provides a comprehensive overview of the principles, theory and practices of urban design for those new to the subject and for those requiring a clear and systematic guide. In this new edition the book has been extensively revised and restructured. Carmona advances the idea of urban design as a continuous process of shaping places, fashioned in turn by shifting global, local and power contexts. At the heart of the book are eight key dimensions of urban design theory and practice—temporal, perceptual, morphological, visual, social, functional—and two new process dimensions—design governance and place production.

This extensively updated and revised third edition is more international in its scope and coverage, incorporating new thinking on technological impact, climate change adaptation, strategies for urban decline, cultural and social diversity, place value, healthy cities and more, all illustrated with nearly 1,000 carefully chosen images. Public Places Urban Spaces is a classic urban design text, and everyone in the field should own a copy.

chapter 2|49 pages

The Shifting Contexts for Urban Design

chapter 3|49 pages

The Temporal Dimension

chapter 4|44 pages

The Perceptual Dimension

chapter 5|56 pages

The Morphological Dimension

chapter 6|63 pages

The Visual Dimension

chapter 7|69 pages

The Social Dimension

chapter 8|87 pages

The Functional Dimension

chapter 9|69 pages

The Design Governance Dimension

chapter 10|47 pages

The Place Production Dimension