Everyone designs who devises courses of action aimed at changing existing situations into preferred ones>
In the light of this Herbert Simon’s description we would like to see urban design in its robust cultural context. Part of the culture is rooted in history in its variety of local identities, values, narratives and forms. How we perceive this urban heritage and how we would like to develop it for the future would be an important contribution to the discussion we would like to animate.
Part of the culture is also a dream of the future. There is a global unrest about organisation of our societies, about fundamental values like freedom, justice, cooperation… How urban design can respond to these fundamental questions especially in a public realm would be interesting to debate.
If we agree with Robert Grudiun, that
we follow good design to discover what is good in ourselves
then the final issue for our discourse would be what qualities of urban design can really help to increase the quality of life.