Design Review: Challenging Urban Aesthetic Control / Edition 1

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Though aesthetic legislation is now common practice in most cities and jurisdictions, the architecture literature has failed to address the issues and problems in this area. This volume corrects this omission by offering guidelines on creating and administering a design review program. Internationally recognized authorities on design review in architecture, urban planning, historic preservation, land use law, and urban policy discuss legal, procedural, and philosophical aspects of the subject, giving the reader a broad, multidisciplinary perspective. The book provides new ideas and practical advice on design review, with case studies from diverse historic, suburban, and urban communities. Inherent conflicts and inconsistencies in the concept of design control are also explored, enabling the reader to make design review decisions with confidence. Covering the latest developments in the widespread practice of design review, this pioneering volume will benefit architects, urban planners and policymakers, land use attorneys, and historic preservation professionals who must create, apply, or participate in design regulation.
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Architects and urban planners from North America, Britain, and Australia discuss issues around legislation mandating aesthetic reviews of designs, common in most industrialized cities but not previous addressed by the profession. Among the topics are new designs in historic districts, discovering suburban values through design reviews, and the myth of aesthetic justice. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780412983511
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 7/3/2008
  • Edition description: 1994
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 219
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Debate on Design Review 1
1 Democracy and Design 13
2 Reviewing New Design in Historic Districts 20
3 Can the Process of Architectural Design Review Withstand Legal Scrutiny? 31
4 The Abuse of Discretionary Power 42
5 Design Review and Conservation in England: Historical Development and Contemporary Relationships 51
6 Design Review from the Inside 62
7 Discovering Suburban Values through Design Review 75
8 Design Review Comes to Phoenix 85
9 Santa Fe Styles and Townscapes: The Search for Authenticity 95
10 Transforming Suburbia: The Case Study of Bellevue, Washington 111
11 Discretionary Design Review: Shaping Downtown Cincinnati 119
12 The New England Life: Design Review in Boston 133
13 Place-Making and Design Review 147
14 Carbuncles, Columns, and Pyramids: Lay and Expert Evaluations of Contextual Design Strategies 156
15 Local Architectural Language and Contextualism 165
16 Disciplinary Society and the Myth of Aesthetic Justice 175
17 Private Design Review in Edge City 187
18 Battery Park City: An American Dream of Urbanism 197
Epilogue 210
Index 213
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