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"The city," according to urban design scholar Gideon Golany, is"the largest and most complicated project ever produced byhumankind." In Ethics and Urban Design, he challenges designprofessionals to reexamine their basic assumptions about the urbanenvironment and offers design strategies based on enduring humanvalues. In search of answers to the paradoxical problems of themodern city, Golany takes the reader through the sweep of humansettlements from the dawn of civilization to the present. Hisauthoritative examination of the genesis of the city is illuminatedby instructive examples of early urban centers. Mesopotamia, theIndus River Valley, the Egyptian cities of the Nile, and thecapital cities of ancient China—all are examined in the lightof what made them work as major centers of human activity. WhatGolany finds in the success stories of the past are cohesivesociocultural values that shaped the design of homes,neighborhoods, and cities. These ethical values helped to maintainan equilibrium within the society that permeated its natural,social, and human-made environments. In the present era,conversely, he finds a major disconnection between human values andthe ethics of technology, which has resulted in confusion,imbalance, and dehumanization. To help designers gain a perspectiveon possible solutions, Golany explains leading comprehensive designstrategies, including the valley theory, the urban border zoneconcept, and the regional concept of Patrick Geddes. In the casestudy of contemporary Holland, he details what a small, denselypopulated country has been able to achieve through design planningrooted in environmental ethics. "Future Frontiers for UrbanDesign," the culminating section of this groundbreaking book, openswith Golany’s vision of the future city. He examines theissues of thermal performance and climate as they relate to urbandesign and offers the concept of "geospace"—theearth-enveloped habitat. Buttressing his presentation with detailedinformation on the mechanics of geospace, Golany describes casestudies of the successful use of earth-enveloped habitats in Chinaand Tunisia. He makes a powerful argument for the geospace city asa renewal of ancient traditions that can restore the vitalequilibrium between nature and human settlements that we seem tohave lost. Ethics and Urban Design is a distinguishedscholar’s analysis and prescription for the city; it offers anabundance of stimulating ideas for the architects, designers, andplanners who have assumed responsibility for its future.
Ethics of Environmental Design.
LESSONS FROM THE INDIGENOUS PAST.
Genesis of the City.
Early Urban Centers: Mesopotamia, Indus Valley, Egypt, andChina.
Contemporary Comprehensive Design: The Case of Holland.
FUTURE FRONTIERS FOR URBAN DESIGN.
Urban Design Morphology and Thermal Performance.
Soil Thermal Performance and Geospace Design.
Geospace City Concept: A Renewal of Ancient Tradition.