Recent travels around the UK and Europe have revealed to us how important street design is, in creating spaces that are comfortable, useable and aesthetically pleasing. How to create great streets is the focus of Street Design a recently released book by two accomplished architects and urban designers, Victor Dover and John Massengale.
Street Design: The Secret to Great Cities and Towns provides insights on how good street design can unlock economic value, increase happiness, improve health and reknit neighborhoods. In the United States the Complete Streets policy has been adopted by over 600 jurisdictions, with communities demanding beautiful streets where people want to be. Street Design provides a blueprint for how to meet that demand.
This manual for street design looks at hundreds of streets old and new, revealing what works and what doesn’t and the secrets behind designing beautiful streets and walkable places. Massengale and Dover have solutions for how to improve neighborhoods, cities, and towns: to make them walkable again. This begins with great streets where people want to be, where they feel comfortable, safe, and enjoy their surroundings.
Street Design is a useful handbook for urban designers, civic leaders, architects, city planners, engineers, developers, landscape architects, and community activists. It is ideal reading for any person who wants to make their community walkable and create memorable streets that are not just routes to someplace else, but great places that are destinations in themselves.
The guide includes information on:
- how to design new streets and improve existing ones to create more walkable cities and towns
- examples of more than 150 excellent historic streets, retrofitted streets, and new streets, explaining why they are successful and how they were designed and created
- common street-design challenges and ways they can be addressed through placemaking
- strategies for shaping space in the public right-of-way through correct building height to street width ratios, terminated vistas, landscaping, and street geometry.
With over 500 colour and black-and-white photos and afterword by James Howard-Kunstler, we look forward to Street Design providing a source of inspiration for creating better streets around the world.