The Image of the City

Author: Kevin Lynch
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 9780262620017
Category: Architecture
Page: 194
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The classic work on the evaluation of city form.

Planning a Pluralist City

Conflicting Realities in Ciudad Guayana
Author: Donald Appleyard
Publisher: Mit Press
ISBN: 9780262511667
Category: Architecture
Page: 322
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This book, based on the experience of Ciudad Guayana in Venezuela, explores the conflicts between planners and inhabitants that result from clashes of values, interests, and basic differences in perception.

City Sense and City Design

Writings and Projects of Kevin Lynch
Author: Kevin Lynch,Tridib Banerjee,Michael Southworth
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 9780262620956
Category: Architecture
Page: 853
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A collection completing the record of one of the foremost environmental design theorists of our time.

What Time is this Place?

Author: Kevin Lynch
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 9780262620321
Category: Architecture
Page: 277
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Time and Place -- Timeplace -- is a continuum of the mind, as fundamental as the spacetime that may be the ultimate reality of the material world.Kevin Lynch's book deals with this human sense of time, a biological rhythm that may follow a different beat from that dictated by external, "official," "objective" timepieces. The center of his interest is on how this innate sense affects the ways we view and change -- or conserve, or destroy -- our physical environment, especially in the cities.

The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Author: Jane Jacobs
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 052543285X
Category: Social Science
Page: 480
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Thirty years after its publication, The Death and Life of Great American Cities was described by The New York Times as "perhaps the most influential single work in the history of town planning....[It] can also be seen in a much larger context. It is first of all a work of literature; the descriptions of street life as a kind of ballet and the bitingly satiric account of traditional planning theory can still be read for pleasure even by those who long ago absorbed and appropriated the book's arguments." Jane Jacobs, an editor and writer on architecture in New York City in the early sixties, argued that urban diversity and vitality were being destroyed by powerful architects and city planners. Rigorous, sane, and delightfully epigrammatic, Jacobs's small masterpiece is a blueprint for the humanistic management of cities. It is sensible, knowledgeable, readable, indispensable. The author has written a new foreword for this Modern Library edition.

Urban Design

Author: Alex Krieger,William S. Saunders
Publisher: U of Minnesota Press
ISBN: 1452914125
Category: Architecture
Page: 368
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Collects essays written on the establishment and cultivation of urban design as a distinct architectural and planning practice.

Good City Form

Author: Kevin Lynch
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 9780262620468
Category: Architecture
Page: 514
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With the publication of The Image of the City in 1959, Kevin Lynch embarked upon the process of exploring city form. Good City Form is both a summation and an extension of his vision, a high point from which he views cities past and possible. First published in hardcover under the title A Theory of Good City Form.

City Life

Author: Witold Rybczynski
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1476737347
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 256
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In City Life, Witold Rybczynski, bestselling author of Now I Sit Me Down, looks at what we want from cities, how they have evolved, and what accounts for their unique identities. In this vivid description of everything from the early colonial settlements to the advent of the skyscraper to the changes wrought by the automobile, the telephone, the airplane, and telecommuting, Rybczynski reveals how our urban spaces have been shaped by the landscapes and lifestyles of the New World.

Architettura Della Città

Author: Aldo Rossi,Peter Eisenman
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 9780262680431
Category: Architecture
Page: 201
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Aldo Rossi, a practicing architect and leader of the Italian architectural movement La Tendenza, is also one of the most influential theorists writing today. The Architecture of the City is his major work of architectural and urban theory. In part a protest against functionalism and the Modern Movement, in part an attempt to restore the craft of architecture to its position as the only valid object of architectural study, and in part an analysis of the rules and forms of the city's construction, the book has become immensely popular among architects and design students.

Collage City

Author: Colin Rowe,Fred Koetter
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 9780262680424
Category: Architecture
Page: 185
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Examines the theories of city planning and analyzes the role of the modern architect in the design of cities

City Design

Modernist, Traditional, Green and Systems Perspectives
Author: Jonathan Barnett
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317481488
Category: Architecture
Page: 276
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City Design describes the history and current practice of the four most widely accepted approaches to city design: the Modernist city of towers and highways that, beginning in the 1920s, has come to dominate urban development worldwide but is criticized as mechanical and soul-less; the Traditional organization of cities as streets and public places, scorned by the modernists, but being revived today for its human scale; Green city design, whose history can be traced back thousands of years in Asia, but is becoming increasingly important everywhere as sustainability and the preservation of the planet are recognized as basic issues, and finally Systems city design, which includes infrastructure and development regulation but also includes computer aided techniques which give designers new tools for managing the complexity of cities. This new, revised edition of City Design includes a larger format and improved interior design allowing for better image quality. The author has also included wider global coverage and context with more international examples throughout, as well as new coverage on designing for informal settlements and new research conclusions about the immediacy of sea level rise and other climate change issues that affect cities, which sharpen the need for design measures discussed in the book. Authoritative yet accessible, City Design covers complicated issues of theory and practice, and its approach is objective and inclusive. This is a comprehensive text on city design ideal for planners, landscape architects, urban designers and those who want to understand how to improve cities.

Public Places - Urban Spaces

Author: Matthew Carmona,Tim Heath,Taner Oc,Steve Tiesdell
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136020497
Category: Architecture
Page: 320
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Public Places - Urban Spaces is a holistic guide to the many complex and interacting dimensions of urban design. The discussion moves systematically through ideas, theories, research and the practice of urban design from an unrivalled range of sources. It aids the reader by gradually building the concepts one upon the other towards a total view of the subject. The author team explain the catalysts of change and renewal, and explore the global and local contexts and processes within which urban design operates. The book presents six key dimensions of urban design theory and practice - the social, visual, functional, temporal, morphological and perceptual - allowing it to be dipped into for specific information, or read from cover to cover. This is a clear and accessible text that provides a comprehensive discussion of this complex subject.

Urban Design

The American Experience
Author: Jon Lang
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780471285427
Category: Architecture
Page: 528
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Urban Design the American Experience Jon Lang Urban Design: The American Experience places social and environmental concerns within the context of American history. It returns the focus of urban design to the creation of a better world. It evaluates the efforts of designers who apply knowledge about the environment and people to the creation of livable, enjoyable, and even inspiring built worlds. Urban Design: The American Experience emphasizes that urban design must take a user-oriented approach to achieve a higher quality of life in human settlements. All the keys to this approach are spelled out in chapters that address: Urban design as both a product and process of communal decision-making Types of knowledge required as a base for urban design action How to apply recent environmental and behavioral research to professional design How human needs are fulfilled through design The true role of functionalism in design Urban design efforts of the twentieth century in the United States are examined within their socio-political context. Jon Lang reviews the urban design experience from the beginning of the "City Beautiful" movement, paying particular attention to developments since World War II. He explores how the twentieth-century city has developed, as well as discusses the attitudes that have driven major movements in urban design. Readers learn a neo-Modernist approach that builds on the successes and failures of Rationalism and Empiricism, the two major streams of Modernist thought in architecture and urban design. They also gain an understanding of how the environment is experienced by people, and the implications of this experiencing for architectural and urban design. Numerous illustrations throughout demonstrate how various design schemes can be used. Urban Design: The American Experience provides architects, designers, city planners, and students in these fields with a model for their own future development as professionals. It is a valuable guide to design methodology (procedural theory) and other issues related to creating optimal urban environments.

City Comforts

How to Build an Urban Village
Author: David M. Sucher
Publisher: City Comforts Inc.
ISBN: 0964268027
Category: Architecture
Page: 224
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The Urban Section

An analytical tool for cities and streets
Author: Robert Mantho
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136163018
Category: Architecture
Page: 312
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The design of streets, and the connections between streets of different character, is the most important task for architects and urbanists working in an urban context. Considered at two distinct spatial scales – that of the individual street – the Street Section – and the complex of city streets – the City Transect – Urban Section identifies a range of generic street types and their success or otherwise in responding to climatic, cultural, traditional, morphological, social and economic well being. Using comparative studies a profile of best practice in street and city design is identified, showing methodologies in both the analysis of, and design for, successful streets and public places – place-making. In uniquely dealing with both the historic and contemporary description and analysis of urban ‘streets’ around the world, the work is of both academic and professional interest to architects, urban planners and designers, highway engineers, landscape and urban design advisers in both the public and private sectors; students, amenity and civic societies, city authorities and government agencies.

Concise Townscape

Author: Gordon Cullen
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 113602090X
Category: Architecture
Page: 200
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This book pioneered the concept of townscape. 'Townscape' is the art of giving visual coherence and organization to the jumble of buildings, streets and space that make up the urban environment. It has been a major influence on architects, planners and others concerned with what cities should look like.

Guidelines for preparing urban plans

Author: Larz T. Anderson
Publisher: Planners Press
ISBN: 9781884829079
Category: Architecture
Page: 231
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While many authors have written about what urban plans should contain and how they should be used, this comprehensive book leads you step by step through the entire plan preparation process. Citing examples from across the country, Larz Anderson shows how to prepare, review, adopt, and implement urban plans. He explains how to identify public needs and desires, analyze existing problems and opportunities, and augment long-range general plans with short-range district and function plans. Anderson presents these guidelines as tasks. For each task, he explains the rationale behind it, recommends a procedure for completing it, and identifies the expected results. Throughout, Anderson encourages improvisation-he urges planners to adapt the guidelines to meet local needs. Excerpts from recently adopted general plans illustrate Anderson's points and provide examples of variations even within his recommendations. A related glossary gives comprehensive definitions to words that, though not technical, have meanings specific to the urban plan. Anderson's clear and readable style makes this book a must, not only for the professional, but for the student bewildered by the complexities of forming urban plans. Guidelines for Preparing Urban Plans is a valuable textbook for undergraduate, graduate, and professional courses in planning theory and planning administration, as well as workshop-style studio courses.

Urban Planning and Politics

Author: William Carl Johnson
Publisher: Amer Planning Assn
Category: Political Science
Page: 191
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The subtleties of planning and how it affects—and is affected by—government and industry can often prove difficult to grasp. Urban Planning and Politics offers insight into this delicate balance, arguing that planning plays a significant part in the fair distribution of the benefits and the costs of urban society. William C. Johnson studies basic planning concepts and specific policies and comprehensively describes common tools and procedures planners use and the various participants in the planning process. The book is a necessary companion for practitioners, students, public officials, and concerned citizens who are attempting to meet the challenges the new century holds.