The first edition focused mostly on plinths and on cases in West Europe and North America (whereas the second edition has cases from all continents and focuses on the entire experience of the street user, including placemaking).

The plinths of the city are the ground floors that negotiate between the inside and the outside, between the public and the private: this is the city at eye level. Plinths are extremely important for the urban experience, which in turn is an important driver for the urban economy. The plinths might cover only 10% of the building, but determine 90% of the experience. While walking, you consciously and subconsciously examine the immediate eye-level surroundings and absorb any details.

Our book shows you how a good plinth “works” for a better street at eye level. It contains concrete and inspiring examples of strategies for design, land use/programme, the relation to the street, passenger flows and the collaboration of partners. The book is a collection of stories from over 25 experts all over the world: a collective product with lessons from planners, owners, managers and designers. In addition to many international examples and case studies, the book contains several interviews and research articles. It concludes with practical lessons for the reader to put into practice in their own cities.

Below you can find the download option for the book.

For the entire book (8MB): The City at Eye Level (the book)

For specific chapters:

Preface & Introduction

The Planned & the Organic City

Case Studies 1 Area Development

Public Realm & the User

Property & Development

Case Studies 2 City Streets

Ownership & Management

Revitalizing & Renewal

Case Studies 3 Regeneration

Conclusions & Lessons

Appendix