Performative Urban Design seeks to identify emerging trends in urban design as they are reflected in the city´s architecture and spatial design. A ‘cultural grafting' of the inner city is taking place, and urban development is pursuing an intense city life, in which architecture and art are playing a catalytic role. On the one hand, this development has focused on massive investments in 'corporate architecture'. On the other hand cities have invested heavily in new cultural centres and performative urban spaces that can fulfil a growing desire for entertainment and culture. The anthology Performative City Design addresses these issues through three lenses: • Sense Architecture • Place Making, and • Urban Catalyst. The articles identify the relevant theoretical positions within architecture, art and urban strategies, and they demonstrate the concepts and methodological approaches drawn from practical experience.