Universal Singular: Public Space Design of the 21st Century

Sonia Curnier

Birkhaüser, 2022


The way public spaces are designed reflects the period in which they were created. However, in our globalized world of experience and images the desire for uniqueness tends to achieve the opposite: increasingly, designers of open spaces resort to the same devices and thereby distance themselves from the urban context.
The author analyzes ten outstanding contemporary designs of public spaces in Europe in terms of their function in the urban context and what materials are used for their implementation. In interviews with the designers she retraces the changes of the concepts during the design stage of the projects, underpinning her findings with numerous sketches. In addition, her research focuses on how the projects were received in the community.

Learning from designers of outstanding public spaces in Europe
Numerous unpublished design sketches
A clear guide to urban design
Also available in a French edition

ISBN: 9783035620948

272 pages, illustrations in color & b/w, 28,5 x 22,5 cm, hardcover, English