What is character in the built and natural environment? How can it be harnessed to create innovative new housing layouts and typologies?
Rob Cowan explores a housing development under construction in London and the extraordinarily thorough context appraisal and character analysis underlying the design, from the overall layout to the fine detail.
Rob Cowan is a writer, editor, speaker, consultant, cartoonist, illustrator and lexicographer. He was the first director of the Urban Design Group.
He has been editor of Context the journal of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation, since 2000.
His latest book, Essential Urban Design, explains how to work with appraisals, briefs, policies, guidance, strategies, masterplans, design codes and development schemes.