New Civic Art: Elements of Town Planning

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Patterned on The American Vitruvius: An Architect's Handbook of Civic Art (1922), one of the most successful and well-known architecture books ever published, The New Civic Art, with 1,200 new illustrations and all new text for over 1,000 entries, exemplifies the very best urban planning and town design. This entirely new book thoroughly details the most important recent trends as well as time-honored precedents. It includes information drawn from over 200 international sources. Information has been selected to ...
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Overview

Patterned on The American Vitruvius: An Architect's Handbook of Civic Art (1922), one of the most successful and well-known architecture books ever published, The New Civic Art, with 1,200 new illustrations and all new text for over 1,000 entries, exemplifies the very best urban planning and town design. This entirely new book thoroughly details the most important recent trends as well as time-honored precedents. It includes information drawn from over 200 international sources. Information has been selected to make this volume the essential encyclopedic reference and textbook for decades to come.
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Cofounders of the Congress for the New Urbanism, Duany and coauthor Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk are among the leading figures in the movement to end suburban sprawl and revitalize decaying inner cities by adapting and applying traditional, premodernist city planning techniques. In 2000, they wrote Suburban Nation to promote their brand of "new urbanism" to the general public. With their new book, they and town planner Robert Alminana address a professional audience of planners, architects, and policymakers, who they believe need to look beyond current zoning codes and automobile-centered design and find inspirational guidance from past centuries and diverse cultures. The book is a voluminous, richly illustrated catalog of what the authors consider to be examples of sound planning. More than 1000 briefly annotated drawings, photos, plans, and models of everything from the Acropolis to Chinese villages to Los Angeles courtyard houses provide object lessons in mixed-use design, pedestrian-friendly environments, welcoming public spaces, and other tenets of new urbanism. With more than 500 new urbanist developments completed or underway in the United States, this book is recommended for special collections serving those directly involved in city and suburban planning.-David Soltesz, Cuyahoga Cty. P.L., Parma, OH Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847821860
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Publication date: 9/24/2003
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 580,539
  • Product dimensions: 9.35 (w) x 12.29 (h) x 1.55 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 7
Ch. I The Order of the Region 11
Ch. II The Transformation of Urbanism 27
Ch. III The Pattern of Urbanism 81
Ch. IV The Public Realm 147
Ch. V The Private Realm 259
Ch. VI Design at all Scales 359
Conclusion 369
Illustration Credits 370
Index 377
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