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The City at Eye Level

Lessons for Street Plinths

With a Foreword by Joan Clos
The way in which most city inhabitants and visitors interact with an urban landscape on a day-to-day basis is on the street level. Storefronts, first floor apartments, and sidewalks are the most immediate and common experience of a city. These plinths are the ground floors that negotiate between inside and outside, the public and private spheres. Featuring more than one hundred pages of new analysis and a new foreword from Joan Clos, under-secretary-general of the United Nations and executive director of UN-Habitat, this thoroughly revised and expanded edition of The City at Eye Level qualitatively evaluates plinths by exploring specific examples from all over the world. Over twenty-five experts investigate the design, land use, and road and foot traffic in rigorously researched essays, case studies, and interviews. These pieces are supplemented by more than two hundred beautiful color images—sixty new to this edition—that engage not only with issues in design, but also the concerns of urban communities. The editors have put together a comprehensive guide for anyone concerned with improving or building plinths, including planners, building owners, property and shop managers, designers, and architects.

320 pages | 269 color plates, 14 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2017

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Table of Contents

Joan Clos
About this Book
Hans Karseenberg, Jeroen Laven, Meredith Glaser & Mattijs van ‛t Hoff
The Basics
Experience of Places
Streets as Places
Taking Ownership
Property Development
Urban Regeneration
Civic-lead Revitalisation
Towards the City at Eye Level

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