Urban design, like any other design process, involves method as well as inspiration. The text is starting with this sentence. Of course, like any other field urban design is also composed of many other features and this book is discussing the design problems with relation to urban design.
Designers firstly, identify the existing condition by asking where we are question, and evaluate if it could be improved, where we want to be. This is a general objective but as it is said it’s crucial. The second step is to ask new questions and try new things, see if they fit or not, this process is a cyclic and open-ended process.
One thing that attract me was the part that is said, ‘because criteria are often conflicting there is no right or wrong solution but rather solutions that are more or less for the better.’ So, you should not be afraid to make mistakes.
Different from an architectural design, cities are difficult to design because there is a lot of external factors. So, it is important to consider a context and a framework.