Rethinking Masterplanning: Creating Quality Places

Author(s): Husam AlWaer; Barbara Illsley
ISBN: 9780727760715
Publication Date: 22 June 2017
Stock level: In stock

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Format:Paperback
Publication status: Published
Publisher:ICE Publishing
Page size:246x189 mm
Number of pages:256
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Rethinking Masterplanning explores new holistic approaches to masterplanning that aim to address the unpredictable nature of development, and accommodate elements of change in a socio-demographic context. This book reviews the latest debates…



Subjects: Development, planning and urban engineeringUrban design and planning
Product code: 9780727760715

Rethinking Masterplanning explores new holistic approaches to masterplanning that aim to address the unpredictable nature of development, and accommodate elements of change in a socio-demographic context. This book reviews the latest debates, research and practice and includes expanded discussions of key areas such as adaptive and synergistic masterplanning, collaboration and co-production in masterplanning, and typological and plot based masterplanning.

Today’s complex systems of development require an integrated approach for dealing with changes in place to bring desired longer-term impacts and benefits, and become the basis of future professional development practice. Rethinking Masterplanning seeks to challenge conventional ideas, to reflect on the nature of the masterplanning process from visioning and collaboration to delivery and assessment, and to learn from practice around the globe.

Contributions from leading theorists and practitioners explore:

  •  the experience of masterplanning in different contexts including the UK, Europe, Middle East, China and the USA to offer best practice guidance
  • includes case studies and full colour illustrations help demonstrate the application of the concepts discussed
  • the catalysts of change and renewal, and the global and local contexts and processes within which masterplanning as ‘placemaking’ occurs
  • how higher quality development and quality places can be achieved through the use of masterplanning as a tool for collaboration and co-production with communities
  • the traditional concept of masterplanning by both adapting it to the present and using it as a tool to benefit the future
  • emerging placemaking practice and offers guidance on a more dynamic and resilient masterplanning process
  • the role of sustainability assessment in the masterplanning process
  • the challenge facing built environment professionals engaged in masterplanning and the call for a new professionalism

Written in a clear and accessible matter, the approaches described throughout this book are relevant to all professionals and researchers involved in planning and designing the urban environment, such as urban planners, urbanists, urban designers, architects, policy makers, developers as well as local communities.

Book Review

"The book explores the recent holistic approach to masterplanning, which differs from the standard definition of a masterplan and includes higher ideas such as resilience and adaptability aspects, inclusivity and sustainability.  

After giving a quick history of masterplanning, the authors explore different approaches to such as plot-based and adaptive. Real examples from around the world are reviewed, followed by a focus on sustainability. It concludes with a call to ‘new professionalism’ to deliver equity and social justice through the built environment.  

Masterplanners, architects, urban developers as well as civil engineers involved in projects that shape places and change cities will find this book very useful as it expands on the long-term impacts and benefits that such projects can make to communities and developments.  It is also a useful book for clients involved in masterplanning projects."

Alessandra Villa, Arup, UK