Paper $37.50 ISBN: 9789059727144 Published January 2014 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

The City at Eye Level

Lessons for Street Plinths

Edited by Meredith Glaser, Mattijs van 't Hoff, Hans Karssenberg, Jeroen Laven, and Jan van Teeffelen

Edited by Meredith Glaser, Mattijs van 't Hoff, Hans Karssenberg, Jeroen Laven, and Jan van Teeffelen

Distributed for Eburon Publishers, Delft

224 pages | 207 color plates, 17 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2012
Paper $37.50 ISBN: 9789059727144 Published January 2014 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
Although rarely explored in academic literature, most 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. 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 over two hundred beautiful color images and 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.  
Contents

PREFACE

Meredith Glaser, Mattijs van `t Hoff, Hans Karssenberg, Jeroen Laven & Jan van Teeffelen

 

INTRODUCTION

THE CITY AT EYE LEVEL

Hans Karssenberg & Jeroen Laven

HISTORY OF THE CITY STREET AND PLINTH

Jouke van der Werf, Kim Zweerink & Jan van Teeffelen

ICONIC THINKERS

Meredith Glaser & Mattijs van `t Hoff

 

THE PLANNED AND THE ORGANIC CITY

A THIRTY-YEAR VISION FOR THE URBAN FABRIC

Adriaan Geuze

FRANS HALSSTRAAT: THE DYNAMIC EXPRESSION OF ITS PLINTH

Jos Gadet

PLINTHS & URBAN DESIGN

Ton Schaap

A PLEA FOR FLEMISH PARKING

Wies Sanders

 

CASE STUDIES 1: AREA DEVELOPMENT

HAFENCITY HAMBURG

Tanja Karg

SLUSEHOLMEN-NORD COPENHAGEN

Lars Korn

HET EILANDJE ANTWERP

Filip Smits

 

PUBLIC REALM AND THE USER

THE PLINTHS OF THE WARM CITY

Thaddeus Muller

THE SEMI-PUBLIC PLINTH

John Worthington

HYBRID ZONES

Sander van der Ham

WALKING STREAMS AND THE PLINTH

Tine van Langelaar & Stefan van der Spek

DECIPHERING AND NAVIGATING THE PLINTH

Samar Héchaimé

 

PROPERTY AND DEVELOPMENT

THE DEVELOPER’S PERSPECTIVE ON PLINTHS

Frank van Beek

 

A CITY WITH DOUBLE PLINTHS

Max Jeleniewski

HOFBOGEN: A VISION FOR THE IN-BETWEEN PLINTH

Henk Ovink

 

MIXED-USE OFFICE PARK DEVELOPMENTS FROM A PROPERTY PERSPECTIVE

Jeroen Jansen & Eri Mitsostergiou

RETAIL ISSUES AND SHOP RE-PARCELLING

Peter Nieland

 

CASE STUDIES 2: CITY STREETS

 

MEENT ROTTERDAM

Robin von Weiler

VALENCIA STREET SAN FRANCISCO

Kris Opbroek

KLARENDAL ARNHEM

Berry Kessels

 

OWNERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT

IMAGE-BUILDERS AND PLINTHS

Tony Wijntuin

THE IMPORTANCE OF ‘LOCAL HEROES’ IN PLINTH IMPROVEMENT

Hans Appelboom

THE 'MEANWHILE' PLINTH

Emily Berwyn

THE SOUL PURPOSE OF MANAGING EMPTY REAL ESTATE

Willemijn de Boer

 

REVITALIZING AND RENEWAL

HIDDEN TREASURES: THE PLINTHS OF THE NIEUWE BINNENWEG

Gerard Peet, Frank Belderbos & Joep Klabbers

 

THE COMEBACK OF AN URBAN SHOPPING STREET

Nel de Jager

ZWAANSHALS: GENERATOR OF NEIGHBOURHOOD DEVELOPMENT

Mark van de Velde

 

PLINTHS IN URBAN RENEWAL AREA LIENDERT

Arin van Zee & Willem van Laar

 

A GOOD PLINTH FOR A GOOD NEIGHBOURHOOD

Arjan Gooijer, Gert Jan te Velde & Klaas Waarheid

 

CASE STUDIES 3: REGENERATION

 

ST. PANCRAS STATION LONDON

Ben Ruse

 

THE DISTILLERY DISTRICT TORONTO

Willie Macrae

NEUKÖLLN BERLIN

Stefanie Raab

 

CONCLUSIONS AND LESSONS

SEEING BEYOND THE BUILDINGS: ROTTERDAM AT EYE LEVEL

Emiel Arends & Gábor Everraert

THEMES, DIMENSIONS & CONTRIBUTING LESSONS

Jan van Teeffelen

75 LESSONS FOR GOOD PLINTHS

Hans Karssenberg & Jeroen Laven

 

APPENDIX

BIOGRAPHIES

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

 

PHOTO CREDITS

 

 

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