Urban Design

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Fifty years ago a landmark conference at Harvard University established urban design as a distinct architectural and planning practice. Today, with the world's urban population surpassing three billion people, urban design has become more crucial than ever. In Urban Design, Alex Krieger and William S. Saunders have assembled prominent figures in architecture, planning, and landscape design to look back on the evolution of the discipline of urban design, assess the current state of the field, and anticipate how the profession must adapt in order to confront the challenges posed by the unprecedented rate of urbanization.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816656394
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 2/20/2009
  • Series: Wicazo SA Review Ser.
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 1,513,940
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: An Urban Frame of Mind Alex Krieger vii

Origins of an Urban Design Sensibility

The First Urban Design Conference: Extracts 3

The Emergence of Urban Design in the Breakup of CIAM Eric Mumford 15

The Elusiveness of Urban Design: The Perpetual Problem of Definition and Role Richard Marshall 38

Perspectives on a Half-Century of Urban Design Practice

Urban Design at Fifty: A Personal View Denise Scott Brown 61

Fragmentation and Friction as Urban Threats: The Post-1956 City Fumihiko Maki 88

The Way We Were, the Way We Are: The Theory and Practice of Designing Cities since 1956 Jonathan Barnett 101

Territories of Urban Design Practice

Where and How Does Urban Design Happen? Alex Krieger 113

Defining the Urbanistic Project: Ten Contemporary Approaches Joan Busquets 131

Beyond Centers, Fabrics, and Cultures of Congestion: Urban Design as a Metropolitan Enterprise Richard Sommer 135

Debates about Mandates and Purpose

The End(s) of Urban Design Michael Sorkin 155

Bad Parenting Emily Talen 183

Facts on the Ground: Urbanism from Midroad to Ditch Michelle Provoost Wouter Vanstiphout 186

Expanding Roles and Disciplinary Boundaries

A Third Way for Urban Design Kenneth Greenberg 201

Urban Design after Battery Park City: Opportunities for Variety and Vitality Timothy Love 208

The Other '56 Charles Waldheim 227

Democracy Takes Command: New Community Planning and the Challenge to Urban Design John Kaliski 237

Challenges for the Unprecedented Phenomena of Our New Century

Designing the Postmetropolis Edward W. Soja 255

Unforeseen Urban Worlds: Post-1956 Phenomena Peter G. Rowe 270

Urban DesignLooking Forward Marilyn Jordan Taylor 285

Urban Design Now: A Discussion 291

Contributors 327

Index 331

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