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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (26 Jun. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415436184
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415436182
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,068,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Marion Roberts is Professor of Urban Design at the University of Westminster, UK.

Adam Eldridge is Senior Research Fellow with the Central Cities Institute, based at the Department of Urban Development and Regeneration, University of Westminster, UK.


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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. MAPLE on 7 Feb. 2010
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It is rare to find a book which transforms your thinking about design of our towns and cities but this book does it. I would put this book up with the seminal works by Jane Jacobs (for land use and layout), Richard Florida (for the importance of the 'cultural industries') and Nan Fairbrother (for understanding of regional character) in providing the inspiration for my developing understanding of urban design.

The book makes some important observations based on empirical studies in several cities across the UK and Europe and challenges our understanding of what makes the cities successful, enjoyable and safe. It raises issues based on current economic trends, cultural changes, the recently changed licencing regulations and planning policies. Roberts and Eldridge state early on that cities are currently focussed on their economic contribution which has led to them attracting particular and often restricted market audiences (notably the stag and hen parties which have so severly affected cities such as Barcelona and Dublin) as opposed to a civic responsibility to respond to wider public needs (which might be better served through festivals, events and activities - 'normalising the night time city'). It notes that alcohol plays a key role in affecting the night time environment and also reflects on how the worthy aspirations to create 'cafe culture' has led to the growth of dominant pubcos and also recognises the growing influence that planning needs to play in affecting town centre layouts, recognising the problems of intensity and size of night time uses and promoting appropriate transport at night.

But this is also a book which recognises that the dangers of the night time city are mirrored by the excitement and fun that night time activities can offer. This is essential reading for anyone who is involved in the design of towns and cities, or anyone who has an interest in making their town a better place to live.
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