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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

Part 1: Historic Precedents in Urban Design Introduction Upsurge of the Renaissance Edmund N. Bacon The Islamic City: Historic Myths, Islamic Essence, and Contemporary Relevance Janet Abu-Lughod The Family of Eyes and Mire of the Macadam Marshall Berman Public Parks and the Enlargement of Towns Frederick Law Olmsted The Meager and Unimaginative Character of Modern City Plans and Artistic Limitations of Modern City Planning Camillo Sitte Author’s Introduction and The Town-Country Magnet Ebenezer Howard Ideology and Aesthetics William H. Wilson The Neighborhood Unit Clarence Perry The Pack-Donkey’s Way and Man’s Way and A Contemporary City Le Corbusier Part 2: Foundations of the Field Introduction Josep Lluís Sert’s Urban Design Legacy Richard Marshall Introduction to The Concise Townscape Gordon Cullen The Image of the Environment and The City Image and Its Elements Kevin Lynch Author’s Introduction and The Uses of Sidewalks: Contact Jane Jacobs A City is Not a Tree Christopher Alexander The Significance for A&P Parking Lots, or Learning from Las Vegas Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown Collage City Colin Rowe and Fred Koetter Introduction, The Life of Plazas, Sitting Space, and Sun, Wind, Trees, and Water William H. Whyte Conclusion: Great Streets and City Planning Allan B. Jacobs Toward an Urban Design Manifesto Allan B. Jacobs and Donald Appleyard Dimensions of Performance Kevin Lynch A Catholic Approach to Organizing What Urban Designers Should Know Anne Vernez Moudon Part 3: Growth of a Place Agenda Introduction Prospects for Places Edward Relph The Phenomenon of Place Christian Norberg-Schulz The Problem of Place in America Ray Oldenburg Critical Regionalism: An Architecture of Place Douglas Kelbaugh A Crisis in the Urban Landscape, The Origins and Theory of Type, and Legitimacy and Control Brenda Case Scheer Charter of the New Urbanism Congress for the New Urbanism Themes of Postmodern Urbanism Nan Ellin Introduction, Preface: The Current State of Everyday Urbanism, and Blurring the Boundaries: Public Space and Public Life Margaret Crawford Whatever Happened to Urbanism? and The Generic City Rem Koolhaas Part 4: Design Issues in Urban Development Introduction What is Sprawl? Oliver Gilham Density in Communities, or the Most Important Factor in Building Urbanity Eduardo Lozano Introduction, Physical Activity and Public Health and Urban Design Characteristics Lawrence Frank, Peter Engelke and Thomas Schmid Introduction, The Changing Nature of Public Space in City Centres and Whose Public Space? Ali Madanipour Profit and Place Ian Bentley Urban Dualities in the Arab World Yasser Elsheshtawy The Urbanism of Ambition and China Reinvents the City Thomas Campanella Part 5: Addressing Environmental Challenges Introduction An Ecological Method for Landscape Architecture Ian McHarg Principles for Regional Design Michael Hough Landscape as Urbanism Charles Waldheim Discourses for Landscape and Urbanization, The Production of Waste Landscapes and Drosscape Explained Alan Berger Planning for Sustainability in European Cities: A Review of Practice in Leading Cities Timothy Beatley Urban Resilience: Cities of Hope and Fear Peter Newman, Timothy Beatley, and Heather Boyer Part 6: Urban Design Practice Now and Tomorrow Introduction Where and How Does Urban Design Happen? Alex Krieger Designing the Urban Design Studio Elizabeth Macdonald Design Guidelines in American Cities: Conclusions John Punter The End(s) of Urban Design Michael Sorkin A Third Way for Urban Design Kenneth Greenberg

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