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Designing Change. Eric Firley. nai010 publishers 2019 © Cover

Designing Change
Professional Mutations
in Urban Design 1980-2020

Eric Firley

Published by nai010 publishers in conjunction with University of Miami School of Architecture | English | paperback | 512 pages | illustrated (200 full color) | ISBN 978-94-6208-481-0, 2019

Over the timespan of just one generation the planet’s pace of urbanization has dramatically increased. Through these dynamics and its resulting environmental threats, new challenges have emerged that deeply question the validity of the post-war planning paradigms. Dominant ideologies have been replaced by a problem-solving attitude, increased economic pressure and an urgent quest for evidence.
What impact does this have on the work of the urban designer and planner, and how can the profession prepare for the future?

Designing Change tries to answer these and many other questions through in-depth conversations with 12 leading practitioners in the field. Conceived as an unpartisan contribution to the discourse about the future of the built environment, Designing Change offers an unorthodox combination of case-study analysis and theoretical debate. It addresses the topic’s complexity through a rigorous focus on process, client relationship and development initiative. 


Foreword | 6
Introduction | 10

Reconciling Opposites
Al Shamal Masterplan, Qatar | 36
Riyadh Airport City | 40
Global Palestine – Connected Gaza 44

BRUNO FORTIER (Agence Bruno Fortier), Paris | 56
Nature and Artifice in the Production of French Urbanism
Ile Feydeau, Nantes | 68
Massena-Chevaleret, Paris | 72
Brest Capucins | 76

FINN GEIPEL (LIN), Berlin | 94
The Emergence of a New Type of Urbanity
Cite du Design, Saint Etienne | 114
Grand Paris Metropole Douce | 118
Urban densification and innovative living through serial timber construction, Bremen | 122

ADRIAAN GEUZE (West 8), Rotterdam | 132
Contemplating the Squatter Legacy as a Reminder of Urban Diversity
Borneo-Sporenburg, Amsterdam | 148
Strijp-S, Eindhoven | 152
Toronto Central Waterfront | 156

Digital Acceleration and Environmental Restraint
Fives Cail, Lille | 180
Pleyel-Landy Sector, Saint-Denis | 184
Tangram, Paris | 188

WINY MAAS (MVRDV), Rotterdam | 208
Mission Impossible
Ypenburg-Waterwijk, The Hague | 226
ZAC Bastide Niel, Bordeaux | 230
Oosterwold Freeland, Almere | 234

DENNIS PIEPRZ (Sasaki Associates), Boston | 244
North-American Campus Work from the 1980s onwards
University of South Florida Master Plan, Tampa | 258
University of Pennsylvania Penn Connects, Philadelphia | 262
Tecnologico de Monterrey Urban Regeneration Plan | 266

A Recent History of Zoning and Design Codes in the US
Charleston Place, Boca Raton | 292
Kentlands, Gaithersburgh | 296
Miami 21 | 300

ALBERT SPEER (AS+P) with MICHAEL DENKEL, Frankfurt | 316
The German Way of Keeping the Power Balance in City-Making
Europaviertel, Frankfurt | 338
Stadtebaulicher Masterplan Innenstadt Koln | 342
InnovationCity Ruhr - Modellstadt Bottrop | 346

PAOLA VIGANÒ (Studio Paola Viganò), Milan | 354
Concrete Descriptions of Future Situations
Plan for Prato | 372
De Hoge Rielen, Flanders | 376
The Horizontal Metropolis, Brussels | 380

LIU XIAODU (Urbanus) with WANG HUI, Shenzen | 394
China as a Place of Attainable Utopias
Tulou Collective Housing, Nanhai | 402
Shum Yip UpperHills Loft, Shenzen | 406
DenCity – a reachable Utopia | 410

WENYI ZHU (ZhuWenyi-Atelier), Beijing | 430
From Triumphal Arches to QR Codes
Green Field & Lane, Shanghai | 452
Guangzhou University City Group 3 | 456
The Water-Line, New York City | 460

Interview text analysis | 468
Epilogue | 478
Index | 502
Bio | 511

Eric Firley is a German-French architect and urban designer, whose multidisciplinary work experience includes project management and development services for the real-estate industry in Paris and London.
He is the initiator and co-author of the three books of Wiley’s Urban Handbook Series. Since 2011 he teaches at the University of Miami School of Architecture

Christopher Choa (AECOM), Bruno Fortier (Agence Bruno Fortier), Finn Geipel (LIN) Adriaan Geuze (West 8), Djamel Klouche (AUC), Winy Maas (MVRDV) Dennis Pieprz (Sasaki Associates), Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk (DPZ), Albert Speer (AS+P) with Michael Denkel, Paola Viganò (Studio Paola Viganò), Liu Xiaodu (Urbanus) with Wang Hui, Wenyi Zhu (ZhuWenyi-Atelier)

(All images and texts courtesy of nai010 publishers © 2019) 

Designing Change. Eric Firley. nai010 publishers 2019 | p.69 © Bruno Fortier, Ile Feydeau (France) Designing Change. Eric Firley. nai010 publishers 2019 | p.151 © Adriaan Geuze, Borneo-Sporenburg (Netherlands) Designing Change. Eric Firley. nai010 publishers 2019 | p.233 © Winy Maas, Zac Bastide Niel (France) Designing Change. Eric Firley. nai010 publishers 2019 | p.413 © Liu Xiaodu, Dencity (China) Designing Change. Eric Firley. nai010 publishers 2019 | p.41 © Chris Choa, Riyadh Airport City (Saudi Arabia) Designing Change. Eric Firley. nai010 publishers 2019 | p.125 © Finn Geipel, Urban Densification (Germany) Designing Change. Eric Firley. nai010 publishers 2019 | p.183 © Djamel Klouche, Fives Cail (France) Designing Change. Eric Firley. nai010 publishers 2019 | p.377 © Paola Vigano, De Hoge Rielen (Belgium)