Streets and the Shaping of Towns and Cities [NOOK Book]

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The topic of streets and street design is of compelling interest today as public officials, developers, and community activists seek to reshape urban patterns to achieve more sustainable forms of growth and development. Streets and the Shaping of Towns and Cities traces ideas about street design and layout back to the early industrial era in London suburbs and then on through their institutionalization in housing and transportation planning in the United States. It critiques the situation we are in and suggests ...
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Streets and the Shaping of Towns and Cities

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The topic of streets and street design is of compelling interest today as public officials, developers, and community activists seek to reshape urban patterns to achieve more sustainable forms of growth and development. Streets and the Shaping of Towns and Cities traces ideas about street design and layout back to the early industrial era in London suburbs and then on through their institutionalization in housing and transportation planning in the United States. It critiques the situation we are in and suggests some ways out that are less rigidly controlled, more flexible, and responsive to local conditions.

Originally published in 1997, this edition includes a new introduction that addresses topics of current interest including revised standards from the Institute of Transportation Engineers; changes in city plans and development standards following New Urbanist, Smart Growth, and sustainability principles; traffic calming; and ecologically oriented street design.
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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: 9781610911092
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 6/27/2003
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 208
  • File size: 104 MB
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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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