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Book Review: Carmona M (ed.) (2014) Explorations in Urban Design: an Urban Design Research Primer, Farnham, Ashgate.

Barrett, Heather (2015) Book Review: Carmona M (ed.) (2014) Explorations in Urban Design: an Urban Design Research Primer, Farnham, Ashgate. Town Planning Review, 86 (4). pp. 489-491. ISSN Print: 0041-0020 Online: 1478-341X

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This paper examines some of the planed townscape changes affecting large city centre conservation areas and that have influenced policy through over twenty years of control. Data from local planning authority planning application files are used to identify the development trends in central conservation areas and the difficulties these pose for conservation policies. Detailed examination highlights the significant changes that can occur in central areas at the small scale, and some of the processes of change which remain largely unexamined by planning authorities. Identification of this ‘hidden’ change demonstrates the importance of monitoring at the small scale, and can identify key conservation ‘problems’ affecting these areas, including facadism, erosion of character and the weakness of local policies.

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Review of the book 'Explorations in Urban Design: an Urban Design Research Primer' (2014) edited by Matthew Carmona.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: book review, planned townscape, city centre, planning authority, development trends, planning application, SERG
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Science and the Environment
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Depositing User: Heather Barrett
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2016 08:33
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2020 14:08

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