Strategy for urbanity

A research on urban design and commissionership

The book ‘Strategie voor stedelijkheid’ (strategy for urbanity) highlights two questions: what is urbanity and how can it be achieved? Based on a thematic analysis, this book formulates spatial principles typical of urbanity. It also discusses promising strategic principles, in particular those that describe the relationships between three important parties: authorities, commissioner, and user. By means of an analysis of the Vondelparkbuurt in Amsterdam, and of recent projects in cities like Berlin, London and San Francisco, the book defines major spatial elements and strategic principles.