Designing Cities: Critical Readings in Urban Design / Edition 1

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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.

  • Provides a complex and integrated perspective on the field of urban design.
  • Carefully structured, so that students will gain an understanding of the theoretical context from which urban design has emerged.
  • Includes work by Manuel Castells, David Harvey, Christian Norberg-Schultz, Peter Marcuse and others.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631235033
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/10/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 420
  • Product dimensions: 6.99 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Alexander Rankine Cuthbert is Professor of Planning and Urban Development at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. He has lived and worked in the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia and has experience in large-scale urban design projects in a variety of different countries. He has studied architecture, urban design, urban planning, and political science, and his interest in ‘designing cities' is therefore informed by a broad intellectual base.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. I Theory
1 The Process of Urban Social Change 23
2 The Economic Currency of Architectural Aesthetics 28
3 The Postmodern Debate over Urban Form 45
Pt. II History
4 The New Historical Relationship between Space and Society 59
5 Urban Landscapes as Public History 69
6 Harmonies of Urban Design and Discords of City Form 76
Pt. III Philosophy
7 Social Justice, Postmodernism and the City 101
8 The Phenomenon of Place 116
9 Recapturing the Center: A Semiotic Analysis of Shopping Malls 128
Pt. IV Politics
10 Why are the Design and Development of Public Spaces Significant for Cities? 139
11 Reflections on Berlin: The Meaning of Construction and the Construction of Meaning 152
12 Tilted Arc and the Uses of Democracy 160
Pt. V Culture
13 Urban Spaces as Cultural Settings 171
14 The Urban Landscape 177
Pt. VI Gender
15 Sexuality and Urban Space: A Framework for Analysis 193
16 Gender Symbols and Urban Landscapes 204
17 What Would a Nonsexist City Be Like? Speculations on Housing, Urban Design and Human Work 218
Pt. VII Environment
18 Sustainability and Cities: Summary and Conclusions 235
19 Conservation as Preservation or as Heritage: Two Paradigms and Two Answers 243
20 Zoopolis 254
Pt. VIII Aesthetics
21 Aesthetic Theory 275
22 The Urban Artifact as a Work of Art 285
23 Aesthetic Ideology and Urban Design 290
Pt. IX Typologies
24 The Third Typology 317
25 Typological and Morphological Elements of the Concept of Urban Space 323
26 Heterotopia Deserta: Las Vegas and Other Spaces 340
Pt. X Pragmatics
27 The Design Professions and the Built Environment in a Postmodern Epoch 357
28 A Catholic Approach to Organizing what Urban Designers Should Know 362
Additional Reading by Category 387
Index 394
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