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July 28, 2010

Spacematrix explores the potential of urban density as a tool for urban planning and design. The authors’ fascination with density is driven by the desire to understand the relational logic between density, urban form and performance. This is a prerequisite for understanding and successfully predicting the effects of specific designs and planning proposals. The focus of attention is the relationship between types of urban environment and data such as amount, size and physical properties.

Berghauser Pont and Haupt demystify the use of image-based references and concepts such as ‘urbanity’, ‘compact city’ and ‘garden city’ by challenging the reliability of such concepts and critically examining the possibility of redefining them through the concept of density.


Space, Density and Urban Form

Meta Berghauser Pont, Per Haupt
Edition: NAI Publishers
With the support of the Van Eesteren-Fluck & Van Lohuizen Foundation and the Chair in Urban Compositions, TU Delft
Design: Studio Joost Grootens
Illustrated (colour and b/w)
280 pages
17 x 24 cm
English edition
ISBN 978-90-5662-742-3



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