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The Urban Design Reader brings together some of the most influential writing on the historical development and contemporary practice of urban design. Emerging as a distinct field of environmental design practice in the late 1950s, urban design bridges the fields of architecture, planning, landscape architecture, civil engineering, urban development, and social science - with a focus on physical form and the social use of space. Among university programs, the design professions, interest groups and city governments around the world, the practice of urban design is recognized as a means of addressing 21st Century urban challenges. As planning and development processes have become more participatory in recent years, the number of people interested in improving the design of their cities and neighborhoods has also grown. The timeliness of The Urban Design Reader parallels recent public interest in making better cities and urban places.

This anthology includes forty-one selections that illuminate the history, theory and practice of urban design. In addition to classic writings from the field's luminaries, such as Jane Jacobs, William H. Whyte, and Kevin Lynch, The Urban Design Reader provides recent material on the urban design aspects of contemporary urbanism, place-making, density, sustainability, neighborhood planning, traffic calming, green infrastructure, and the public realm. The readings are organized into eight topical sections beginning with historical precedents, continuing with a variety of theoretical and pragmatic concerns, and concluding with material on current professional practice. The sections begin with introductory essays that contextualize and situate major themeswithin the field. In addition, introductions for each selection highlight important lessons emanating from the literature, as well as biographical information on the authors and suggested supplemental reading.

The Urban Design Reader provides a set of essential readings that will be valuable to design and planning students, public decision makers and design professionals. For those interested in the design of our neighborhoods, towns and cities, these selections offer an indispensable intellectual and practical foundation for the urban design field.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Every practitioner of "everyday urbanism" should keep the Urban Design Reader close at hand. It renews inspiration; it offers fresh insights; it clarifies the essential principles of urban design. I see it as the foundation text for all that we do in shaping our cities. It is simply invaluable." Larry Beasley, Distinguished Practice Professor of Planning, SCARP, University of British Columbia, Canada.

"Selecting a list of key texts in urban design from amongst the host of possibilities available will never be an easy task; but in this carefully chosen selection, Larice and Macdonald balance the foundational classics of the discipline with valuable contemporary contributions that demonstrate the continuing evolution and vitality of urban design." Matthew Carmona, Professor of Planning and Urban Design, The Bartlett Scool, University College London.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415668088
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/11/2013
  • Series: Routledge Urban Reader Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 660
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Larice is Associate Professor of Urban Design and City Planning at the University of Utah – College of Architecture and Planning. He is a licensed architect, planner, and urban designer.

Elizabeth Macdonald is Associate Professor of Urban Design in the Departments of City and Regional Planning and Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning in the University of California at Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design. She is a licensed architect and a principal in the San Francisco-based firm Jacobs Macdonald: Cityworks.

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Table of Contents

List of plates     xiii
Acknowledgments     xv
General Introduction     1
Historical Precedents for the Urban Design Field     5
Introduction     7
"Upsurge of the Renaissance"   Edmund N. Bacon     9
"The Family of Eyes" and "The Mire of the Macadam"   Marshall Berman     17
"Public Parks and the Enlargement of Towns"   Frederick Law Olmsted     28
"The Meager and Unimaginative Character of Modern City Plans" and "Artistic Limitations of Modern City Planning"   Camillo Sitte     35
"The Garden City Idea and Modern Planning"   Lewis Mumford     43
"The Neighborhood Unit"   Clarence Perry     54
"The Pack-Donkey's Way and Man's Way" and "A Contemporary City"   Le Corbusier     66
Normative Theories of Good City Form     77
Introduction     79
"Author's Introduction" and "The Uses of Sidewalks: Contact"   Jane Jacobs     80
"The Timeless Way"   Christopher Alexander     93
"Toward an Urban Design Manifesto"   Allan B. Jacobs   Donald Appleyard     98
"Dimensions of Performance"   Kevin Lynch     109
Place Theories inUrban Design     115
Introduction     117
"Prospects for Places"   Edward Relph     119
"The Phenomenon of Place"   Christian Norberg-Schulz     125
"The Problem of Place in America"   Ray Oldenburg     138
Dimensions of Place-Making     149
Introduction     151
"The Image of the Environment" and "The City Image and Its Elements"   Kevin Lynch     153
"Introduction to The Concise Townscape"   Gordon Cullen     167
"Principles for Regional Design"   Michael Hough     174
"Critical Regionalism: An Architecture of Place"   Douglas S. Kelbaugh     183
"Place Memory and Urban Preservation"   Dolores Hayden     194
"Themes of Postmodern Urbanism"   Nan Ellin     204
"The Generic City"   Rem Koolhaas     215
Typology and Morphology in Urban Design     227
Introduction     229
"Critiques" and "Urban Components"   Leon Krier     231
"The Third Typology"   Anthony Vidler     251
"Getting to Know the Built Landscape: Typomorphology"   Anne Vernez Moudon     256
Contemporary Challenges and Responses     283
Introduction     285
"What is Sprawl?"   Oliver Gillham     287
"Charter of the New Urbanism"$dCongress for the New Urbanism     308
"Density in Communities, or the Most Important Factor in Building Urbanity"   Eduardo Lozano     312
"Compact, Decentralised or What? The Sustainable City Debate"   Hildebrand Frey     328
Elements of the Public Realm     345
Introduction     347
"Introduction," "The Life of Plazas," "Sitting Space," and "Sun, Wind, Trees, and Water"   William H. Whyte     348
"Three Types of Outdoor Activities" and "Life Between Buildings"   Jan Gehl     364
"Urban Plazas"   Clare Cooper Marcus   Carolyn Francis     371
"Neighborhood Space"   Randolph Hester     376
"Conclusion: Great Streets and City Planning"   Allan B. Jacobs     387
"Getting Around"   David Sucher     391
"Green Streets"   Metro Portland     405
"Drawing Lessons and Debunking Myths"   Robert Cervero     425
Practice and Process     435
Introduction     437
"A Catholic Approach to Organizing What Urban Designers Should Know"   Anne Vernez Moudon     438
"Urban Design as a Discipline and as a Profession"   Jon Lang     461
"The Communication Process"   Matthew Carmona   Tim Heath   Taner Oc   Steven Tiesdell     479
"The Debate on Design Review"   Brenda Case Scheer     490
"Design Guidelines in American Cities: Conclusions"   John Punter     500
Epilogue     517
Illustration Credits     519
Copyright Information     523
Index     527
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