Designing Cities: Critical Readings in Urban Design / Edition 1

Designing Cities: Critical Readings in Urban Design / Edition 1

by Alexander R. Cuthbert
     
 

Designing Cities is the first reader to be published in the thriving field of urban design. It has been assembled to appeal to a broad range of readers interested in how the design of cities comes about.

The volume has been carefully structured to help students gain an understanding of the theoretical context from which urban design has emerged. At

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Designing Cities is the first reader to be published in the thriving field of urban design. It has been assembled to appeal to a broad range of readers interested in how the design of cities comes about.

The volume has been carefully structured to help students gain an understanding of the theoretical context from which urban design has emerged. At the same time, it promotes a particular theoretical paradigm, suggesting that urban design is best viewed as a branch of spatial political economy. The selection of articles advances this idea as far as possible, both in its organization and in its content.

The reader includes work from the past 30 years by such world famous authors as Manuel Castells and David Harvey, as well as writing by lesser known scholars which deserves a wider audience. The overall organization of the book is carefully explained in relation to the subject matter by the editor.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631235033
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
02/10/2003
Pages:
420
Product dimensions:
6.99(w) x 9.80(h) x 1.13(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction1
Pt. ITheory
1The Process of Urban Social Change23
2The Economic Currency of Architectural Aesthetics28
3The Postmodern Debate over Urban Form45
Pt. IIHistory
4The New Historical Relationship between Space and Society59
5Urban Landscapes as Public History69
6Harmonies of Urban Design and Discords of City Form76
Pt. IIIPhilosophy
7Social Justice, Postmodernism and the City101
8The Phenomenon of Place116
9Recapturing the Center: A Semiotic Analysis of Shopping Malls128
Pt. IVPolitics
10Why are the Design and Development of Public Spaces Significant for Cities?139
11Reflections on Berlin: The Meaning of Construction and the Construction of Meaning152
12Tilted Arc and the Uses of Democracy160
Pt. VCulture
13Urban Spaces as Cultural Settings171
14The Urban Landscape177
Pt. VIGender
15Sexuality and Urban Space: A Framework for Analysis193
16Gender Symbols and Urban Landscapes204
17What Would a Nonsexist City Be Like? Speculations on Housing, Urban Design and Human Work218
Pt. VIIEnvironment
18Sustainability and Cities: Summary and Conclusions235
19Conservation as Preservation or as Heritage: Two Paradigms and Two Answers243
20Zoopolis254
Pt. VIIIAesthetics
21Aesthetic Theory275
22The Urban Artifact as a Work of Art285
23Aesthetic Ideology and Urban Design290
Pt. IXTypologies
24The Third Typology317
25Typological and Morphological Elements of the Concept of Urban Space323
26Heterotopia Deserta: Las Vegas and Other Spaces340
Pt. XPragmatics
27The Design Professions and the Built Environment in a Postmodern Epoch357
28A Catholic Approach to Organizing what Urban Designers Should Know362
Additional Reading by Category387
Index394

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