This accessible critique of urban construction reimagines city development and life in an era of unprecedented building.
Exploring the proliferation of building and construction, Imrie sets out its many degrading impacts on both people and the environment. Using examples from around the world, he illustrates how construction is motivated by economic and political ideologies rather than actual need, and calls for a more sensitive, humane and nature-focused culture of construction.
This compelling book calls for radical changes to city living and environments by building less, but better.
the criteria are not without value, as an approach to the construction of buildings, there are a number of problems. Foremost is that the method characterises the user based on biological data that cannot reveal anything about a person’s social and cultural characteristics. This is a physical, biological reductionism, as though all encounters between people and buildings are comprehensible by, and filtered through, the interactions between biology and design. There is no account of how a person’s values and social identity, such as sex, gender, class or disability
that we build too much, and too badly. The primary research that I refer to in the book, and that forms the bedrock of Chapters 4 , 5 , 6 and 8 , was developed and implemented between 2000 and 2017. These were a mixture of projects ranging across a variety of themes, including: a study of disability and mobility and movement in the UK; architects’ conceptions of the human body; inclusive design and housing; regulation and the design process; universal design and the crafting of inclusive spaces; wealthy elites and urban displacement in suburban London; and the