Big Plans: The Allure and Folly of Urban Design / Edition 1

Big Plans: The Allure and Folly of Urban Design / Edition 1

by Kenneth Kolson
     
 

Big Plans: The Allure and Folly of Urban Design springs from the idea that human aspirations for the city tend to overstate the role of rationality in public life. Inspired by the architectural and urban criticism of such writers as Lewis Mumford, Jane Jacobs, and John Brinckerhoff Jackson, Kolson adopts a user's perspective on issues of urban design,

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Big Plans: The Allure and Folly of Urban Design springs from the idea that human aspirations for the city tend to overstate the role of rationality in public life. Inspired by the architectural and urban criticism of such writers as Lewis Mumford, Jane Jacobs, and John Brinckerhoff Jackson, Kolson adopts a user's perspective on issues of urban design, an approach that highlights both the futility of social engineering and the resilience of the human spirit.

Johns Hopkins University Press

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801877308
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
10/15/2003
Series:
Center Books on Contemporary Landscape Design Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.61(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Table of Contents

Contents:

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Chapter 1: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Trajan's Forum

Chapter 2: The "Hidden Cities" of Ancient North America

Chapter 3: Cleveland as Beautiful City

Chapter 4: Utopian Visions on the Crabgrass Frontier

Chapter 5: Urban Renewal : "The Bugs Are All Out"

Chapter 6: The Strange Career of Advocacy Planning

Chapter 7: Two Cheers for Sprawl

Chapter 8: When Government Dares to Dream

Chapter 9: The British Library: From Great Planning Disaster to Almost All Right

Chapter 10: With Its "Doors Set Wide to the City"

Chapter 11: SimCity and Our TownNotes

Select Bibliography

Illustration Credits

Index

Note About the Author

Johns Hopkins University Press

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