In early 2012, STIPO started the project that would become The City at Eye Level: Lessons for Street Plinths, a book that was published by the end of that year. Ever since 2016 The City at Eye Level is growing internationally with new editions such as “A Cidade ao Nivel dos Olhos” for the Brazilian market, “The City at Eye Level in The Netherlands” and “The City at Eye Level for Kids”. Next step: “The City at Eye Level Asia-Pacific!”
The City at Eye Level Asia-Pacific will be an open source project and book, a response to the increasing demand from Asian urban practitioners for case studies on creating great cities at eye level, suitable to their local context. For the City at Eye Level we turn streets and areas into places where people feel at home and want to stay (placemaking), enhance quality of public space and plinths, together with the community. Our method combines use, design and organisation (software, hardware and orgware). Because of the unprecedented growth in the recent decade in Asian cities, there is more need than ever for clever and creative planning solutions and better design principles. The book will adopt urban challenges particular to the Asian-Pacific context, which impact the preconditions for achieving a better city at eye level who translate to a themes framework of the book. Download the document to read more about the themes. The book will be curated together with Think City (Malaysia) and Urban Discovery (Hong Kong) as core partners, international organisations like UN-Habitat, Isocarp, IIAS, Project for Public Spaces and Bernard van Leer Foundation as network partners.
We reach out to urban practitioners as potential collaborations. We look for successful and inspiring examples in Asia-Pacific cities of qualitatively strong and pleasant public spaces, streets, plazas and buildings. Therefore, we have invited new chapters, presenting either a framework or approach and/or a case study from your experience. The collection of new chapters and stories will be shared through our online platform, The City at Eye Level. The book will work towards the Placemaker Week in Malaysia in 2019 with the launch of the book and Asian Placemaking Network. The predetermined and selected ambassadors will together form the full program and speakers list of the Placemaking Week in Malaysia with the book launch, plenary sessions, workshops and break-out sessions as well as field trips to case studies from the book and Asian versions of plinth- and place games.
We are very happy to be able to create this new edition on great cities, places and streets in Asian cities with you!
The City at Eye Level Asia will be working towards the first-ever Placemaker Week ASEAN where Asian placemaking will come together in Downtown Kuala Lumpur to hear inspiring case studies, exchange innovative best practices, and forge uplifting new connections with fellow placemakers.