Mapping Urban Spaces focuses on medium-sized European cities and more specifically on their open spaces from psychological, sociological, and aesthetic points of view. The chapters illustrate how the characteristics that make life in medium-sized European cities pleasant and sustainable – accessibility, ease of travel, urban sustainability, social inclusiveness – can be traced back to the nature of that space.

The chapters develop from a phenomenological study of space to contributions on places and landscapes in the city. Centralities and their meaning are studied, as well as the social space and its complexity. The contributions focus on history and theory as well as concrete research and mapping approaches and the resulting design applications.

The case studies come from countries around Europe including Poland, Italy, Greece, Germany, and France, among others. The book will be of interest to students, scholars, and practitioners in architecture, urban planning, and landscape architecture.

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The ArchéA Method
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part I|56 pages

Mapping Spaces

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chapter 3|8 pages

The Many-Faceted Notion of Space

On the Hypothesis of Mapping and the Observation of Spatial Phenomena
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chapter 4|10 pages


On Perceiving and Reading Urban Spaces
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chapter 5|10 pages

Where the Compact and Open City Meet

Inner and Outer Spaces on the Periphery of Aachen North
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chapter 6|7 pages

Here and There

On the Ambivalence of Transitional Spaces
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part II|69 pages

Mapping Places

chapter 7|13 pages

Drawing the City

Form and Meaning
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chapter 8|10 pages

Urban Events and the Soul of the City

The Poetic Political Tripartition of Urban Form
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chapter 9|8 pages

Civic Urbanity

The Places of Everyday Life
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chapter 10|12 pages

Venice as a Paradigm

Urban Studies and the Value of Emptiness in the City's Design
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chapter 11|12 pages

Nature Prepares the Sites, but It Is Man Who Creates the Organism 1

Bologna through Its Geography, Its History, and Its Planning Tools
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chapter 12|12 pages

New Urban Landscapes

Fragments of Civil Architecture
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part III|48 pages

Mapping Natural Space

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chapter 15|10 pages

Uses of Mapping

Methods of Investigation and Ways of Narrating Territory in Architectural Practice and Teaching
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part IV|69 pages

Mapping Centralities

chapter 18|13 pages

Designing the European Medium-Sized City

Urban Regeneration Technique through the Structured Densification of the Centrality System
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chapter 19|9 pages

The Project of a Metropolitan Urban Centrality

The Case of the Former Fruit and Vegetable Market of Bologna
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chapter 20|10 pages

Densification as the Key to Suburb Regeneration

The Case of Driescher Hof in Aachen
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chapter 21|11 pages

The European Medium-Sized City

The Characteristics of the Urban Form
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chapter 22|12 pages

The Idea of Space and Urban Sequences

The Case of Parma
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part V|34 pages

Mapping Social Space

chapter 23|10 pages

Mapping Urban Spaces with the Use of Physical, Digital, and Augmented Reality Models

Experiences from Applications in Architectural and Urban Education
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chapter 24|9 pages

The Urban Circle of Life of People with Disabilities

Mapping Urban Inconveniences
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Problems of the Contemporary City
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