This research aims to provide the real conception of the figure-ground organisation in urban design and the importance of its abstraction in supporting the spatial-visual perception process of designers in understanding physical issues, repairing cities’ urban fabric, and reshaping cities’ urban form. The research involved interviews of urban designers who are aware of or use the figure-ground images in their practices.
This research will contribute to filling the gap in the contemporary debates about reusing the figure-ground method by explaining the core conception of the figure-ground organisation and its use in urbanism. Understanding its essence and what it purports to do can help urban designers to understand cities’ mass-void relationships and draw on their understanding to inform their professional practices in repairing and reshaping cities’ urban fabric with liveable public realms.
The outcomes of the research can be applied to enhance and repair cities with construction or development issues, such as the Middle East, cities where climate considerations and human scale are not being considered.
Funder The Higher Committee For Education Development in Iraq (HCED)