Streets and the Shaping of Towns and Cities / Edition 1

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Overview

Streets and the Shaping of Towns and Cities traces the history of street design and layout, critiques the situation we are in today, and suggests alternatives that are less rigidly controlled, more flexible, and responsive to local conditions. Originally published in 1997, this edition includes a revised and updated introduction that addresses topics of current interest, as well as several new illustrations and a new appendix on narrow streets.
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Explores how street standards and layouts affect a neighborhood's character and livability; shows how street design standards in Britain and the US have changed over the past two centuries; describes various street design approaches, such as the early picturesque suburbs, checkerboard grids, branching cul-de-sacs, and shared streets; and describes strategies and design guidelines for reducing sprawl and re-establishing a sense of community space. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780070598089
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/22/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 7.62 (w) x 9.57 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Southworth is professor of city design and planning at the University of California, Berkeley.

Eran Ben-Joseph is assistant professor of landscape architecture and planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Street Standards and the Built Environment 1
Ch. 1 Gritty Cities and Picturesque Villages: The Origins of Suburban Design Standards in England and the United States 17
Ch. 2 Orderly Streets for Healthy Cities: Social Response to Urban Disorder 43
Ch. 3 Streets for the Motor Age: The Car and the Urban Scene 61
Ch. 4 Bureaucracy Takes Control: The Institutionalization of Standards 85
Ch. 5 Streets for Living: Rethinking Neighborhood Streets 105
Ch. 6 Tomorrow's Streets: Toward New Neighborhood Street Standards 139
App. A Chronology of Events in the Development of Residential Street Standards 159
App. B A Graphic Survey of Street Cross Sections 163
App. C Narrow Streets Data 167
Chapter End Notes 171
Other References 183
Index 189
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