Meta Berghauser Pont, and Per Haupt, Spacematrix. NAi Publishers, Rotterdam. 2010. 280 pp.

Published at: 5 April 2011

The book explores the potential of urban density as a tool for urban planning and design. The authors’ fascination with density is not primarily normative, making no claim to know which density is best, but is driven by the desire to understand the relational logic between density, urban form and performance. This is a prerequisite for understanding and successfully predicting the effects of specific designs and planning proposals. The focus of attention is the relationship between types of urban environment and data such as amount, size, physical properties and economic values. Spacematrix is of interest to architects as well as urban planners and designers, but is equally relevant for other professionals working in the field of urbanism, such as developers, economists, engineers and policymakers.
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