It is difficult to design a space that will not attract people. What is remarkable is how often this has been accomplished.— William H. Whyte
Wonderful Urban Design quotations
Some people look for a beautiful place, others make a place beautiful.
London is one of the most civilised places in the world for the procedure of making architecture and urban design.
The fundamental failure of most graphic, product, architectural and even urban design is its insistence on serving the God of Looking-Good rather than the God of Being-Good.
Good design is obvious, great design is transparent.
The design of the building addresses the public nature of both the urban context and the internal program. In order to reinforce the building's associative or mimetic qualities, the facades are organized in a classical three-part division of base, middle or body, and attic or head.
Preventing global warming from becoming a planetary catastrophe may take something even more drastic than renewable energy, superefficient urban design, and global carbon taxes.
Americans are in the habit of never walking if they can ride.
Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.
When people condemn me for designing iconic buildings in cities and not having an idea what a city is, they haven't done their homework. I started in urban design and city planning. It's just that when I got out of school there wasn't much of a market for that. There still isn't.
Any town that doesn't have sidewalks doesn't love its children.
One of my unsung heroes is Erich Mendelsohn.
I met him when I was a student and he was a cranky old man and very unpleasant. But if you go to his Einstein Tower in Potsdam, Germany you see an enormous intellect at work with a language that was personal and new. It has a sense of urban design and of theater and procession I hadn't seen before.
If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan.
I'm completely taken and impressed by the planning authority of Singapore and its Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA). It's the most cutting-edge agency in the world. They have very effective guidelines for development, and they review design as it evolves.
Urban design as a discipline barely exists in most American and Canadian cities.
In Singapore, there are innovative transportation strategies at work.
The only people, scientific or other, who never make mistakes are those who do nothing.
Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak
The world will not evolve past its current state of crisis by using the same thinking that created the situation.
Urban design is where the number are and easy size of installation plus the fast lessons to extend out to larger design acreage.
From 50 centuries, we can learn about the close relationship between garden design and urban design, because both arts involve the composition of buildings with paving, landform, water, vegetation and climate.
Good design is all about making other designers feel like idiots because the idea wasn't theirs.
Urban public space is a stage for viewing the field of graphic design in its diversity. A mix of voices, from advertising to activism, compete for visibility.
Planning is for the world's great cities, for Paris, London, and Rome, for cities dedicated, at some level, to culture. Detroit, on the other hand, was an American city and therefore dedicated to money, and so design had given way to expediency.
In architecture it isn't enough to just have the right building that works well.
It can also be beautiful. It can also be different. It can create surprise. And surprise is the main thing in a work of art.  I like and respect Brasília very much. It is a simple city, a rational one. I always defend the urban design of Brasília
Good design is as little design as possible.
To truly make good public space, you have to erase the distinctions between architecture, urbanism, landscape, [and] media design.
I did Urban Zen for myself, to make clothes for me and my friends, a similar philosophy to when I started Donna Karan. Except this time I hope it will stay that way so that I will be able to support young designers and mentor them.
Detroit is an urban hell. But even in this city of the dying auto industry, there is reason to hope, if they manage to combine the creative forces of designers and other intellectual "suppliers" in other ways.
Design is where science and art break even.
Generally biobanking is really designed more for urban areas, with the offsets being offered in non-urban areas. It may be able to help in some circumstances, but it depends a lot on what we're talking about here. But biobanking does allow for offsets in relation to a specific species, as well as specific ecological communities as well as land. It's quite a flexible tool.
As the world's "most dynamic" cities seek to manage their own urban growth, American state and local officials have much to offer. Our mayors can share their experiences in urban design, clean energy projects, Smart Grids, codes for energy efficient buildings, transportation safety, and innovative environmental solutions.
I do quite like Gehry's Guggenheim. But where in Bilbao it's seen as an outgrowth of years of investment in urban design and engineering, in Britain it's seen as the catalyst for urban regeneration rather than the icing on the cake.
Design is thinking made visual.
My girlfriend is a fashion designer. She has her own company called Rachel Antonoff. She is doing a collaboration with Urban Outfitters right now, a shoe collaboration with Bass. She sells to Barneys, stuff like that.
Permaculture offers a radical approach to food production and urban renewal, water, energy and pollution. It integrates ecology, landscape, organic gardening, architecture and agro-forestry in creating a rich and sustainable way of living. It uses appropriate technology giving high yields for low energy inputs, achieving a resource of great diversity and stability. The design principles are equally applicable to both urban and rural dwellers
In the planning and designing of new communities, housing projects, and urban renewal, the planners both private and public, need to give explicit consideration to the kind of world that is being created for the children who will be growing up in these settings. Particular attention should be given to the opportunities which the environment presents or precludes for involvement of children both older and younger than themselves.
Luck is the residue of design.
To implement a true urban renaissance, you first need a Grand Design elaborated by strong leadership .
The new architecture and urban design of segregation could be called Calvinist: they reflect a desire to live in a world of predestination rather than chance, to strip the world of its wide-open possibilities and replace them with freedom of choice in the marketplace.