Living in Wonderland
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LIVING IN WONDERLAND

Urban development and placemaking

ABOUT

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Living in Wonderland seeks to explore the challenges currently facing urban development and masterplanning and to look at the key component parts such as residential, retail and work space creation. The argument for change is made through the discussion of real life projects from across the globe – many studied first hand by the author. Throughout, the approach is to encourage debate and inspire non-default solutions in development and urbanism.


The book is designed to fill the gap between the glossy and superficial coffee table books and theoretical academic papers.


Its aim is to inspire practitioners and students of property development, architecture, town planning and anyone with an interest in the urban environment and to demonstrate the vital need to design places for people.

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Living in Wonderland
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Available in February 2014 £30

DAVID TWOHIG

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During his career David Twohig has worked on major urban regeneration projects in Europe, Russia and Asia. David started his career working for one of the most prominent property companies in Ireland before moving to Shanghai in 2005 where he was involved in the establishment of the largest western-managed development company in China. During his time as Head of Development he worked on a number of significant mixed-use projects including the 45 million sq.ft. eco-city at Dongtan. In 2008 David was invited to work on the largest planning application ever secured in London at the iconic Battersea Power Station. Today David continues in his role as Head of Design and Placemaking for the Battersea Power Station Development Company spearheading design on what is one of the highest profile urban regeneration projects anywhere in the world.

OVERVIEW

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Urbanisation
Over the next 15 years China is set to urbanise 300 million people and build the equivalent urban area of North America. London is set to grow by two million people by 2030 and in the same period Sao Paulo will increase by three million. This is the greatest period of urbanisation in human history and yet the buildings and places we are designing and developing leave a great deal to be desired.
Placemaking
The world’s cities are increasingly becoming a one-stop solution of homogenous shopping centres and apartment towers. With hundreds of millions of people set to move to our cities in the coming decades there is huge social responsibility to ensure that people aren’t subjected to identikit lives that compromise health, wellbeing and general happiness.

CONTENTS

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01. Introduction
A little bit about me and my background as well as an introduction to the hypothesis of the book, which considers property, places and people.

02. Cities
2.1 The urban village
2.2 Ranking a City’s liveability
2.3 Geography
2.4 The sustainable city
2.5 Global property market
2.6 Seasonal cities
2.7 Slums And our cities

03. Masterplanning
3.1 The right mix
3.2 Critical Mass
3.3 Phasing and implementation
3.4 Stages of development
3.5 A study of masterplans

04. Living: residential
4.1 Podium design
4.2 Variety of unit types
4.3 Compartmentalization
4.4 Flexibility
4.5 Volume
4.6 Outside space
4.7 Amenities

05. Working: offices
5.1 Evolution of the office
5.2 Multifaceted office
5.3 Importance of diversity
5.4 Enabling diversity
5.5 Members clubs + hubs 5.6 more than just an office

06. Shopping: retail
6.1 Impact of the Internet
6.2 Centres vs high street
6.3 Alternative malls
6.4 Independent retail
6.5 Clone towns
6.6 Diversity of offer
6.7 Markets + curatorship

07. Art & culture
7.1 Culture to seed regeneration
7.2 Embedded art
7.3 Sculpture
7.4 Graffiti
7.5 Urban Intervention

08. Meanwhile use
8.1 Meanwhile residential
8.2 Meanwhile office
8.3 Meanwhile retail
8.4 Activating units
8.5 Pop up events

09. Conclusion
What does it all mean

PRESS

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For all press and publicity enquiries or to request a review copy please contact:


Rebecca Bailey
Email: rebecca@harriman-house.com
Tel: +44 (0)1730 233870



LIVING IN WONDERLAND

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LIVING IN WONDERLAND
BY DAVID TWOHIG

Urban development and placemaking