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Connecting People, Place and Design

Connecting People, Place and Design examines the human relationship with place, how its significance has evolved over time, and how contemporary systems for participation shape the places around us in our daily lives. Divided into three parts—place, people, and participation—this interdisciplinary volume examines people, place, and design across the fields of architecture, design, cultural studies, sociology, political science, and philosophy.

Part I, on place, considers the cultural, political, and philosophical shifts in our historical relationship to place. Part II, on people, considers movement and migration and how it affects place relations. Part III, on participation, examines forms of public engagement and cultural systems for collaborative contribution to the design and creation of place. Improving people’s relationships with place requires connection, and in Connecting People, Place and Design, Edmonds demonstrates the importance of connection, underscoring that working together to nurture and sustain places that celebrate the diversity of our human species is one of the most critical issues of our time.
 

290 pages | 16 color plates | 6 3/4 x 9 3/4 | © 2019

Architecture: Architecture--Criticism

Art: Design


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Reviews

"In this environmentally-sensitive book, Angelique Edmonds makes the urban environment come to life by highlighting the agency of non-human actors. . . . Combining a deep philosophical grounding and cutting-edge new ideas, she rethinks the whole field of urban design from the ground up. . . . Working through place, people and participation as her major concepts, Edmonds’ book left me with a generous feeling of openness and possibility. Concluding with a series of principles, this book should be an urban planner’s guidebook to participatory community-based work."

Stephen Muecke, Adelaide Review

"Improving people’s relationships with place requires connection, and in Connecting People, Place and Design, Edmonds demonstrates the importance of renewing connection by having a conceptual architecture and a set of practices working together to nurture and sustain places. . . . The Australian material affords the opportunity for a deeper engagement with interesting Aboriginal conceptions of place in this book, something to which Edmonds constantly returns. Through this major contrast with 'Western' thinking, she is able to offer a new perspective to the field of urban design, working from the ground up, a ground that includes the deep history of these two main traditions that converge in Australia, European and Aboriginal. . . .  Asking different humans (and even non-humans, who are not just externalities) to find ways of living together, to describe their concerns and what matters to them, is part of the ongoing process of designing a future together. In her book, Edmonds has set out a very useful way to do this, and it even concludes with a series of principles, making it an excellent urban planner’s guidebook to participatory community-based work."

Human Geography

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