Repairing the American Metropolis is based on Douglas Kelbaugh’s Common Place: Toward Neighborhood and Regional Design, first published in 1997. It is more timely and significant than ever, with new text, charts, and images on architecture, sprawl, and New Urbanism, a movement that he helped pioneer. Theory and policies have been revised, refined, updated, and developed as compelling ways to plan design the built environment.
This is an indispensable book for architects, urban designers and planners, landscape architects, architecture and urban planning students and scholars, government officials, developers, environmentalists, and citizens interested in understanding and shaping the American metropolis.
Kelbaugh describes architects' and urban planners' responses to the problems of 20th-century urbanism and reviews the predicament of modern suburbanization, offering a cognent critique of both modernist and postmodernist paradigms. In contrast to architectural historians who do similar work, however, Kelbaugh also suggests solutions to the spatial problems he documents.
New Urban News
An academic's thoughtful meditation on values that should underlie development—community, sustainable order, and human spirit—and a discerning examination of the proposed remedies.
Planning and Zoning News
The reader's urban experience will never be quite the same after experiencing this book. With clarity, precision, and deft detail, Kelbaugh pans the unsustainable design strategies and conceits of an auto-crazed culture, as our human spirit vanishes in the rear view mirror. The author is uniquely well qualified to connect the dots between the habitat we could fashion and the humanity we could reclaim.
Douglas Kelbaugh is Dean of the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan, and former principal in Kelbaugh, Calthorpe & Associates in Seattle and in Kelbaugh + Lee in Princeton, New Jersey - firms that won a score of design awards and competitions. Among many other writings, he co-authored the national best seller The Pedestrian Pocket Book.
ForewordAcknowledgmentsIntroductionSuburban Sprawl: Paved with Good IntentionsCritical Regionalism: An Architecture of PlaceTypology: An Architecture of LimitsNew Urbanism: Versus Everyday Urbanism and Post UrbanismPublic Policy: What We Should Do A.S.A.P.NotesBibliographyIndex