Urban Design Handbook: Techniques and Working Methods

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Overview

Based on Urban Design Associates’ in-house training procedures, this unique handbook details the techniques and working methods of a major urban design and planning firm.

Covering the process from basic principles to developed designs, the book outlines the range of project types and services that urban designers can offer and sets out a set of general operating guidelines and procedures for:

  • Developing a master plan, including techniques for engaging citizens in the design process and technical analysis to evaluate the physical form of the neighborhood, centered on a design charrette with public participation;
  • Preparing a pattern book to guide residential construction in a new traditional town, including the documentation of architectural and urban precedents in a form that can be used by architects and builders;
  • Implementing contextual architectural design, including methods of applying the essential qualities of traditional architecture in many styles to modern programs and construction techniques.

This invaluable guide offers an introductory course in urbanism as well as an operations manual for architects, planners, developers, and public officials.

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New Urban News
Stuffed with specifics... new urbanists and city enthusiasts everywhere will enjoy it as an entertaining and instructive reference.— Philip Langdon
Philip Langdon - New Urban News
“Stuffed with specifics... new urbanists and city enthusiasts everywhere will enjoy it as an entertaining and instructive reference.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393731064
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Urban Design Associates is a Pittsburgh-based national practice that creatively engages citizens to revitalize city neighborhoods, transform public housing, bring new life to downtowns and waterfronts, and build new traditional towns.

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Table of Contents

Preface 7
Foreword 9
Introduction: The Firm 11
Ch. 1 Principles for Urban Design 17
Ch. 2 Urban Structure: Frameworks and Development Patterns 27
Ch. 3 Designing the Process 45
Ch. 4 The Urban Design Process: Three Phases 57
Ch. 5 The UDA Pattern Book Process: Four Phases 131
Ch. 6 The UDA Architectural Design Process: Three Phases 153
App. A UDA's Filing System - Overview and General Filing Procedures 180
App. B UDA's CADD Filing System 185
App. C UDA's Image/Graphic and Publication Filing System 188
App. D Graphic Guidelines 193
App. E Accessibility and Visitability 194
App. F UDA Writing Style Preferences 197
App. G How to Draw a UDA Illustrative Plan 199
Index 205
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