Urban Design Reader

ISBN-10: 0415333873
ISBN-13: 9780415333870
Edition: 2004
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Description: The Urban Design Readerbrings together some of the most influential writing on the historical development and contemporary practice of urban design. Emerging as a distinct field of environmental design practice in the late 1950s, urban design  More...

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List price: $78.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 12/1/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 560
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.640
Language: English

The Urban Design Readerbrings together some of the most influential writing on the historical development and contemporary practice of urban design. Emerging as a distinct field of environmental design practice in the late 1950s, urban design bridges the fields of architecture, planning, landscape architecture, civil engineering, urban development, and social science - with a focus on physical form and the social use of space. Among university programs, the design professions, interest groups and city governments around the world, the practice of urban design is recognized as a means of addressing 21st Century urban challenges. As planning and development processes have become more participatory in recent years, the number of people interested in improving the design of their cities and neighborhoods has also grown. The timeliness ofThe Urban Design Readerparallels recent public interest in making better cities and urban places. This anthology includes forty-one selections thatilluminate the history, theory and practice of urban design. In addition to classic writings from the field's luminaries, such as Jane Jacobs, William H. Whyte, and Kevin Lynch,The Urban Design Readerprovides recent material on the urban design aspects of contemporary urbanism, place-making, density, sustainability, neighborhood planning, traffic calming, green infrastructure, and the public realm. The readings are organized into eight topical sections beginning with historical precedents, continuing with a variety of theoretical and pragmatic concerns, and concluding with material on current professional practice. The sections begin with introductory essays that contextualize and situate major themes within the field. In addition, introductions for each selection highlight important lessons emanating from the literature, as well as biographical information on the authors and suggested supplemental reading.

List of plates
Acknowledgments
General Introduction
Historical Precedents for the Urban Design Field
Introduction
"Upsurge of the Renaissance"
"The Family of Eyes" and "The Mire of the Macadam"
"Public Parks and the Enlargement of Towns"
"The Meager and Unimaginative Character of Modern City Plans" and "Artistic Limitations of Modern City Planning"
"The Garden City Idea and Modern Planning"
"The Neighborhood Unit"
"The Pack-Donkey's Way and Man's Way" and "A Contemporary City"
Normative Theories of Good City Form
Introduction
"Author's Introduction" and "The Uses of Sidewalks: Contact"
"The Timeless Way"
"Toward an Urban Design Manifesto"
"Dimensions of Performance"
Place Theories in Urban Design
Introduction
"Prospects for Places"
"The Phenomenon of Place"
"The Problem of Place in America"
Dimensions of Place-Making
Introduction
"The Image of the Environment" and "The City Image and Its Elements"
"Introduction to The Concise Townscape"
"Principles for Regional Design"
"Critical Regionalism: An Architecture of Place"
"Place Memory and Urban Preservation"
"Themes of Postmodern Urbanism"
"The Generic City"
Typology and Morphology in Urban Design
Introduction
"Critiques" and "Urban Components"
"The Third Typology"
"Getting to Know the Built Landscape: Typomorphology"
Contemporary Challenges and Responses
Introduction
"What is Sprawl?"
"Charter of the New Urbanism"
"Density in Communities, or the Most Important Factor in Building Urbanity"
"Compact, Decentralised or What? The Sustainable City Debate"
Elements of the Public Realm
Introduction
"Introduction," "The Life of Plazas," "Sitting Space," and "Sun, Wind, Trees, and Water"
"Three Types of Outdoor Activities" and "Life Between Buildings"
"Urban Plazas"
"Neighborhood Space"
"Conclusion: Great Streets and City Planning"
"Getting Around"
"Green Streets"
"Drawing Lessons and Debunking Myths"
Practice and Process
Introduction
"A Catholic Approach to Organizing What Urban Designers Should Know"
"Urban Design as a Discipline and as a Profession"
"The Communication Process"
"The Debate on Design Review"
"Design Guidelines in American Cities: Conclusions"
Epilogue
Illustration Credits
Copyright Information
Index

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