Urban Design Reader

ISBN-10: 0415668085
ISBN-13: 9780415668088
Edition: 2nd 2012 (Revised)
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List price: $74.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 12/12/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 660
Size: 8.00" wide x 10.00" long x 2.00" tall
Weight: 2.244
Language: English

The second edition of the Urban Design Readerdraws together the very best of classic and contemporary writings to illuminate and expand the theory and practice of urban design. Nearly fifty generous selections include seminal contributions from Howard, Le Corbusier, Lynch and Jacobs to more recent writings by Hiller, Koolhaas and Sorkin. Following the widespread success of the first wdition of the Urban Design Reader, this updated edition continues to provide the most important historical material of the urban design field, but also introduces new topics and selections that address the myriad challenges facing designers today. The six part structure of the second edition guides the reader through the history, theory and practice of urban design. The reader is initially introduced to those classic writings that provide the historical precedents for city-making into the twentieth Century. Section two introduces the voices and ideas that were instrumental in establishing the foundations of the urban design field from the late 1950s up to the mid 1990s. These authors present a critical reading of the design professions and offer an alternative urban design agenda focused on vital and lively places. The authors in section three provide a range of urban design rationales and strategies for reinforcing local physical identity and the creation of memorable places. These selections are largely describing the outcomes of mid-century urban design and voicing concerns over the placeless quality of contemporary urbanism. The fourth part of the Readerexplores key issues in urban design and development. Ideas about sprawl, density, community health, public space and everyday life are the primary focus here. Several new selections in this part of the book also highlight important international development trends in the Middle East and China. Section five presents environmental challenges faced by the built environment professions today, including recent material on landscape urbanism, sustainability, and urban resiliency. The final section examines professional practice and current debates in the field: where urban designers work, what they do, their roles, their fields of knowledge and their educational development. The section concludes with several position pieces and debates on the future of urban design practice. This book provides an essential resource for students and practitioners of urban design, drawing together important but widely dispersed writings. Section and selection introductions are provided to assist readers in understanding the context of the material, summary messages, impacts of the writing, and how they fit into the larger picture of the urban design field.

Historic Precedents in Urban Design
Introduction
Upsurge of the Renaissance
The Islamic City: Historic Myths, Islamic Essence, and Contemporary Relevance Janet
The Family of Eyes and 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
Author's Introduction and The Town-Country Magnet Ebenezer Howard Ideology and Aesthetics
The Neighborhood Unit Clarence Perry The Pack-Donkey's Way and Man's Way and A Contemporary City
Foundations of the Field Introduction Josep Lluás Sert's Urban Design Legacy
Introduction to The Concise Townscape
The Image of the Environment and The City Image and Its Elements Kevin Lynch Author's Introduction and The Uses of Sidewalks: Contact
A City is Not a Tree
The Significance for A&P Parking Lots, or Learning from Las Vegas
Collage City
Introduction, The Life of Plazas, Sitting Space, and Sun, Wind, Trees, and Water
Conclusion: Great Streets and City Planning Allan B. Jacobs Toward an Urban Design Manifesto
Dimensions of Performance
A Catholic Approach to Organizing What Urban Designers Should Know
Growth of a Place Agenda
Introduction
Prospects for Places Edward Relph The Phenomenon of Place Christian
The Problem of Place in America Ray Oldenburg Critical Regionalism: An Architecture of Place
A Crisis in the Urban Landscape, The Origins and Theory of Type, and Legitimacy and Control
Charter of the New Urbanism
Themes of Postmodern Urbanism
Introduction, Preface: The Current State of Everyday Urbanism, and Blurring the Boundaries: Public Space and Public Life
Whatever Happened to Urbanism? and The Generic City
Design Issues in Urban Development
Introduction
What is Sprawl?
Density in Communities, or the Most Important Factor in Building Urbanity
Introduction, Physical Activity and Public Health and Urban Design Characteristics
Introduction, The Changing Nature of Public Space in City Centres and Whose Public Space?
Profit and Place
Urban Dualities in the Arab World Yasser Elsheshtawy The Urbanism of Ambition and China Reinvents the City
Addressing Environmental Challenges
Introduction
An Ecological Method for Landscape Architecture
Principles for Regional Design
Landscape as Urbanism
Discourses for Landscape and Urbanization, The Production of Waste Landscapes and Drosscape Explained
Planning for Sustainability in European Cities: A Review of Practice in Leading Cities
Urban Resilience: Cities of Hope and Fear
Urban Design Practice Now and Tomorrow Introduction
Where and How Does Urban Design Happen?
Designing the Urban Design Studio
Design Guidelines in American Cities: Conclusions
The End(s) of Urban Design
A Third Way for Urban Design

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