Redesigning Cities: Principles, Practice, Implementation / Edition 1

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This book is recommended reading for planners preparing to take the AICP exam.

Too often, no one is happy with new development: Public officials must choose among unappealing alternatives, developers are frustrated and the public is angry. But growing political support for urban design, devlopers' interest in coummunity building and successful examples of redesigned cities all over the U.S. are hopeful signs of change.

Barnett explains how design can reshape suburban growth patterns, revitalize older cities, and retrofit metropolitan areas where earlier development decisions went wrong. He describes in detail specific techniques, materials, and technologies that should be known (but often aren't) to planners, public officials, concerned citizens, and others involved in development.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781884829703
  • Publisher: American Planning Association (Planners Press)
  • Publication date: 10/30/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 787,747
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan Barnett, a fellow of the American Institute of Architects and the American Institute of Certified Planners, is a professor of practice in city and regional planning and director of the urban design program at the University of Pennsylvania. He has worked as an urban design consultant for many cities and is the author of Smart Growth in a Changing World, also published by the American Planning Association.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Sen. Lincoln Chafee
Prologue: The New Politics of Urban Design
Part I: Principles
     1.  Community - Life Takes Place on Foot
     2.  Livability - Urbanism Old & New
     3.  Mobility - Parking, Transit, & Urban Form
     4.  Equity - Deconcentrating Poverty, Affordable Housing, & Environmental Justice
     5.  Sustainability - Smart Growth versus Sprawl
Part II: Practice
     6.  Designing New Neighborhoods
     7.  Reinventing Inner-City Neighborhoods
     8.  Restoring and Enhancing Neighborhoods
     9.  Redesigning Commercial Corridors
   10.  Turning Edge Cities into Real Cities
   11.  Keeping Downtowns Competitive
Part III: Implementation
   12.  Designing the Public Environment
   13.  Shaping Cities Through Development Regulations
   14.  Organization Structures for Urban Design
Illustration Credits
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2010

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    Redesigning Cities

    I think this is an informative book. The author does a great job laying out and organizing the information. I like that he sometimes gives him opinion. This is not an easy topic to make interesting but he does a great job taking the reader into the topic more. I am not a zoner or planner by profession but I believe every professional zoner or planner should read this and have this as a book of reference. This book also includes "Smart Growth" which is an up and coming trend that all should read about. The only thing I would change is giving it color pictures.

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