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Overview

MAGNIFICENTLY ILLUSTRATED AND INTERNATIONAL IN SCOPE, HERE IS THE DEFINITIVE REFERENCE ON URBAN DESIGN

This important addition to the McGraw-Hill Time Saver Standards series is an entirely new, comprehensive, meticulously researched compendium of every aspect of the physical design of cities and other urban places including communities and civic and public places.

Featuring articles by authoritative urban design scholars and practitioners, Time-Saver Standards for Urban Design provides a visual and detailed archival record of:

* Context of global cities
* Classic texts of urban design
* Urban design history and design theory
* Preservation, renewal, and extension of existing cities
* Methods of urban design from regional to pedestrian scale
* Sustainable communities
* Details and case studies of urban design practice

Time-Saver Standards for Urban Design covers the full-spectrum of allied disciplines such as transportation planning, bioregionalism, storm water management, parking, universal design, urban acoustics, and graphics. It provides a single-source for the key reference articles on urban design and physical planning of cities, including social, environmental and economic data.

This inaugural volume on the topic of urban design in the Time-Saver Standard series is written for easy reference by urban planners and designers, architects, landscape professionals, environmental engineers, civil and transportation engineers, as well as municipal government and planning officials. This “soon to be a classic” provides a one-volume reference that is indispensable for urban design policy and practice. It is equally valuable for the urban studies educators and students of architecture, urban design and planning.

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Editorial Reviews

Architecture Magazine
Excerpts from review by Bay Brown.

It is a how-to, with diagrams on street and courtyard siting, but it is also a history of urban-design theory, including seminal texts ranging from passages of Camillo Sitte's 1889 book The Art of Building Cities to Kevin Lynch's 1960 essay "The City Image and Its Elements."

Chapters are dedicated to sustainable design, universal design, transit-centered urban villages, wayfinding, and "traffic calming." Almost every essay is written by a different expert, which affords a diversity of experience and voice, and the tome liberally uses photographs, drawings, diagrams, and charts with informative statistics and demographics. It may offer more than you want to know, but after a selective read, it should be parked on your shelf as an invaluable reference.

Architecture Magazine

Excerpts from review by Bay Brown.

It is a how-to, with diagrams on street and courtyard siting, but it is also a history of urban-design theory, including seminal texts ranging from passages of Camillo Sitte's 1889 book The Art of Building Cities to Kevin Lynch's 1960 essay "The City Image and Its Elements."

Chapters are dedicated to sustainable design, universal design, transit-centered urban villages, wayfinding, and "traffic calming." Almost every essay is written by a different expert, which affords a diversity of experience and voice, and the tome liberally uses photographs, drawings, diagrams, and charts with informative statistics and demographics. It may offer more than you want to know, but after a selective read, it should be parked on your shelf as an invaluable reference.

From The Critics
Judging by its title, you might think Time-Saver Standards for Urban Design would be a source mainly for street widths, sidewalk dimensions, parking ratios, and other matters than can largely be reduced to mathematical calculations. But this six-pound tome with its 960 oversized pages has far broader ambitions. McGraw-Hill calls this volume, "the definitive reference on urban design," and the description doesn't seem to be hyperbole.

Donald Watson, former dean of the School of Architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, with help from Alan Plattus of Yale School of Architecture and Robert Shibley of SUNY-Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning, has assembled a volume containing the most significant urban design writings of the past 106 years. And that's just one of the eight sections in this enormous compilation. In addition to twelve classic texts...readers will find dozens of authoritative recent writings on world urbanization, regionalism, neighborhood planning, bikeways, greenways, universal design, outdoor lighting, way finding, acoustic considerations, and seemingly every other aspect of city-shaping.

You can flip from key documents of New Urbanism, including the Charter and the Lexicon, to LeCorbusier's (wrongheaded but fascinating) vision of towers and highways, Clarence Stein's The Radburn Idea, Clare Cooper Marcus's sociological analyses of urban plazas and shared outdoor spaces, and case studies of places such as Seattle's Pike Place Market. History, theory, principles and practice, they're all here...this is the best single volume I've seen, in terms of its ability to explain the entire spectrum of urban design through the words of its most prominent analysts andpractitioners. Expand your bookshelf.

New Urban News
Judging by its title, you might think Time-Saver Standards for Urban Design would be a source mainly for street widths, sidewalk dimensions, parking ratios, and other matters than can largely be reduced to mathematical calculations. But this six-pound tome with its 960 oversized pages has far broader ambitions. McGraw-Hill calls this volume, "the definitive reference on urban design," and the description doesn't seem to be hyperbole.

Donald Watson, former dean of the School of Architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, with help from Alan Plattus of Yale School of Architecture and Robert Shibley of SUNY-Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning, has assembled a volume containing the most significant urban design writings of the past 106 years. And that's just one of the eight sections in this enormous compilation. In addition to twelve classic texts...readers will find dozens of authoritative recent writings on world urbanization, regionalism, neighborhood planning, bikeways, greenways, universal design, outdoor lighting, way finding, acoustic considerations, and seemingly every other aspect of city-shaping.

You can flip from key documents of New Urbanism, including the Charter and the Lexicon, to LeCorbusier's (wrongheaded but fascinating) vision of towers and highways, Clarence Stein's The Radburn Idea, Clare Cooper Marcus's sociological analyses of urban plazas and shared outdoor spaces, and case studies of places such as Seattle's Pike Place Market. History, theory, principles and practice, they're all here...this is the best single volume I've seen, in terms of its ability to explain the entire spectrum of urban design through the words of its most prominent analysts andpractitioners. Expand your bookshelf.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780070685079
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/28/2003
  • Series: Time-Saver Standards Series
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 960
  • Sales rank: 1,246,692
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

DONALD WATSON, FAIA, is Professor and Dean Emeritus of the School of Architecture, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York and honored as ASCA Distinguished Professor, 2002. His books include Climatic Building Design, co-authored with Kenneth Labs, (McGraw-Hill 1983, revised 1993), recipient of the Best Book in Architecture and Planning Award from the American Publishers Association. He is editor-in-chief of Time-Saver Standards for Architectural Design Data (7th edition, 1997) and Time-Saver Standards for Building Materials and Systems (2000).

ALAN PLATTUS is Professor of Architecture and Urbanism at Yale University School of Architecture. He founded and directs the Yale Urban Design Workshop, a community design center that has worked with cities, towns and neighborhoods throughout the region. He also directs the Yale China Studio, working with universities in China on urban design issues in rapidly developing cities. He has published widely on the history and theory of architecture and urbanism, and edited the new edition of Hegemann and Peets classic text, The American Vitruvius.

ROBERT G. SHIBLEY, AIA, AICP, is a professor of architecture and planning at the School of Architecture and Planning, University at Buffalo, State University of New York. He is the Director of the Urban Design Project, a center for the study and practice of urban design. He also is the co-author of seven books including Urban Excellence with Philip Langdon and Polly Welsh (1990), Placemaking: The Art and Practice of Building Communities with Lynda Schneekloth (1995), and Commitment to Place: Urban Excellence and Community (2000).

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents
About the Editors
Acknowledgments
About the Authors
Introduction
1 Context of Urbanization
1.1 Population and the urban future
1.2 Metropolis: the spatial organization of seven large cities
1.3 How the other half builds
1.4 Junctions of town and country
1.5 The regional city
1.6 A realistic approach to city and suburban planning
2 Classic Texts of Urban Design
2.1 City building according to artistic principles (1898)
2.2 Une Cite Industrielle (1917)
2.3 Civic art (1922)
2.4 The neighborhood unit (1929)
2.5 The Athens Charter (1943)
2.6 A tale of two cities (1949)
2.7 The Radburn Idea (1957)
2.8 The square in space and time (1959)
2.9 The city image and its elements (1960)
2.10 The generators of diversity (1961)
2.11 Design structure of Baroque Rome (1976)
2.12 Social life of small urban spaces (1980)
3 Urban Design History and Theory
3.1 Introduction to townscape
3.2 The grid as generator
3.3 C. A. Doxiadis and the science of human settlements
3.4 Urban infrastructure
3.5 Shadrach Woods and the architecture of everyday urbanism
3.6 A significance for A&P parking lots, or learning from Las Vegas
3.7 Problems of classification
3.8 Crisis of the object: Predicament of texture
3.9 Elements of the concept of urban space
3.10 Charter of the New Urbanism
4 Principles and Practices of Urban Design
4.1 How plans work
4.2 Representation and urban design
4.3 Making a visual survey
4.4 Sketchbook: Piazza di Spagna, Rome
4.5 Planning for urban conservation
4.6 The solar envelope
4.7 Urban design and climate
4.8 Bioclimatic design at the site planning scale
4.9 Sustainable design
4.10 Community design charrettes
4.11 Community design centers: an alternative practice
5 Regional and Urban-Wide Scale
5.1 Design characteristics of Maryland's traditional settlements
5.2 Visualizing a region's future
5.3 Urban farming
5.4 Urban bikeways
5.5 Greenways
5.6 Heritage areas as an approach to regional planning
5.7 Main Street - Two decades of lessons learned
5.8 Transit-centered urban villages
5.9 The concept of urban catalysts
5.10 The Anglo-American suburb
5.11 Lexicon of the New Urbanism
6 Elements of the City
6.1 Urban atriums
6.2 Courtyards: guidelines for planning and design
6.3 Making great streets
6.4 The multiway boulevard
6.5 Planning and design for pedestrians
6.6 Pedestrian zones: a design guide
6.7 Pedestrian precincts: twelve European cities
6.8 Urban plazas: design review checklist
6.9 Shared outdoor spaces
6.10 Universal design in outdoor play areas
7 Urban Design Details
7.1 Universal design for urban transportation
7.2 Traffic calming
7.3 Parking and circulation dimensions
7.4 Urban green infrastructure
7.5 Urban waterways
7.6 Graphic communication, way finding and interpretive planning
7.7 Better air quality at street level
7.8 Acoustic considerations for urban design
7.9 Urban telecommunications infrastructure
7.10 Urban outdoor lighting
8 Case Studies in Urban Design
8.1 Case studies in urban design
8.2 The 1972 Portland Downtown Plan
8.3 Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco, CA
8.4 Pike Place Market, Seattle, WA
8.5 Making and sustaining excellent urban places
Index
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