The Urban Oasis: Guideways and Greenways in the Human Environment

The Urban Oasis: Guideways and Greenways in the Human Environment

by Roxanne Warren
     
 
Decentralization and the flight to the suburbs have drained the economic and cultural life out of many urban communities, while driving our consumption of land and fuel to new heights. But the option of conventional planning for higher densities raises the specter of concrete landscapes filled with cars. The Urban Oasis would contrast with this image. In this

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Decentralization and the flight to the suburbs have drained the economic and cultural life out of many urban communities, while driving our consumption of land and fuel to new heights. But the option of conventional planning for higher densities raises the specter of concrete landscapes filled with cars. The Urban Oasis would contrast with this image. In this thoughtful and insightful book, architect Roxanne Warren makes a compelling case for the benefits of relatively high-density, but abundantly landscaped, mixed-use, walkable new "development clusters" - as traffic-calmed or pedestrian zones. To allow sufficient land for a green living environment, car parking would be located peripherally, and automated people movers would provide around-the-clock, readily available links to regional transit networks.Whether built on rehabilitated urban land, or threaded through land on former commercial strips, such human-scale communities would combine the sociabilities of urban living with fresh air and greenery, and would aim to resolve many of the intertwined population/congestion/environmental pressures of our time. The book is packed with case studies of existing pedestrian zones in Europe and the U.S. It also contains clear and illuminating descriptions of automated people mover technologies, and in doing so, bridges the gap between humanist and technological concerns.

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Architect and transportation specialist Warren argues that we can address both the alienation of modern cities and environmental dangers by concentrating population in dense developments and providing adequate public transportation to reduce the use of private automobiles and leave room for green things to grow. She describes and illustrates examples of the principles being applied in Europe, North America, and Asia; and offers designs for extending the concepts. Includes eight pages of color plates. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780070683310
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date:
08/01/1997
Pages:
196
Product dimensions:
7.65(w) x 9.58(h) x 0.96(d)

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