Cities Full of Space
Qualities of Density

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Rudy Uytenhaak
Edited by Ed Melet, Jeroen Mensink
Designed by Jaap van Triest
120 pp / 270 x 210 mm / paperback
price € 29.50
ISBN 978 90 6450 674 1
published 2008, available
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Nederlandse editie: Steden vol ruimte. Kwaliteiten van dichtheid.

Cities throughout the world are becoming increasingly inefficient in their management of the space available to them. Personal land use is also increasing dramatically; in the Netherlands for instance, this is now twelve times what it was a century ago. And this development is expected to continue worldwide.
We must build in higher densities in the cities if the landscape is not to be swallowed up by them. It will mean coaxing people into moving into these compact cities, which will only work if they have an aggregate of cultural and spatial qualities on offer. In his architectural practice and as a professor at Delft University of Technology, Rudy Uytenhaak conducted a study into the densities of the built environment and into ways of offering sufficient spatial compensation for the achieved density. His research led him to formulate a number of specific measures and proposals.
Cities Full of Space describes the results of this study and features a great many projects illustrating the quest for ideal plans and sections in residential buildings. Uytenhaak draws on examples from his own work as well as from that of other architects.


Optimism is refreshing in an age when most predictions for the future are bleak.
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