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Handbook on Transport and Urban Planning in the Developed World

Handbook on Transport and Urban Planning in the Developed World

Edited by Michiel Bliemer, Corinne Mulley and Claudine J. Moutou

This Handbook provides comprehensive coverage of all of the major factors that underpin our understanding of urban and transport planning in the developed world. Combining urban and transport planning in one volume, the chapters present the state of the art as well as new research and directions for the future. It is an essential reference to all the key issues in this area as well as signalling areas of concern and future research paths. Academics, researchers, students, policymakers and practitioners will find it a constant source of information and guidance.

Chapter 17: Place-making

Carey Curtis

Subjects: environment, transport, geography, cities and urban geography, human geography, transport geography/mobilities, politics and public policy, public policy, urban and regional studies, transport, urban studies, planning


Planning for transport is not simply about keeping vehicles moving and providing road space accordingly. There is also a need to have regard to ‘place’. In so doing this should raise questions about what kind of place is being served or planned and by what kind of activity (land use). So in planning, as well as traffic function, it is necessary to consider place function and place from the perspective of different users. These considerations must be taken into account at different spatial scales – the city-wide level when considering the overall transport network, and at the level of individual streets where the street cross-section and intersection are designed according to place and its function. This is at the heart of ideas about land use transport integration.

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