Philip Pregill, Urban Connections in the Contemporary Pedestrian Landscape

Roberto Giordano
The urban project reflects a scientific feature that can be considered as the harmonious outcome between concepts related to both planning and architectural scale, starting from a process of site analysis where rules and metrics are taken from. The urban context is also to be understood as a more or less large portion of landscape, mostly anthropized and natural; it is influenced in its development by the exchanges that are generated among fields ranging from the urban economy to the procedural
more » ... dimension, passing through mobility, the definition of identity of places, and arrive at the rational management of resources, safety, accessibility and well-being of users (Losasso, 2017). More specifically, the development of urban space, and consequently the way the built landscape changes, has significant effects on the type and quality of the activities carried out by its users (Gehl, 1987 - Dessì, 2007) and on the possibilities of preserving and implementing the functional connections between parts of the city and between city and territory (Lynch, 1990). Philip Pregill deals with many of these topics, exploring the relationship between the old and new features of the city and the built landscape, in the book mainly intended as part of the physical space for pedestrian activities. The sidewalk, the one we walk on every day, assumes thus the role of a strategic indicator, able to gauge the social, environmental and physical changes of the contemporary city. The author shows interest and skill in matching the theme of design and enhancement of the urban context with the characterization of public and semi-public open spaces; here intended as spaces designed for stationary activities and on-the-move activities of citizens. He does so in seven chapters, wherein the term "connections" is five times used in the header; demonstrating that one of the main duties of pedestrian areas is precisely to connect existing and developing places within the urban scene. In the beginning, the book emphasizes the importance of designing [...]
doi:10.13128/techne-7873 fatcat:bbn24qkohrfldk2hh5xkajhyzq