Urban Forms / Edition 1

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This popular and influential work, translated here into English for the first time, was the first morphological study of urban design generated by the Urban Planning unit University of Versaille in France. It demonstrates how our cities have got into problems resulting from the erosion of the street and block structure. It links this to changes in economic and social structures via a selection of already published drawings together with specially drawn material. It also provides easy graphic access to a number of those examples of urban form which are now being promoted as solutions. It is notable for linking the individual building to the form of the city and is a call for architects to consider the urban context in which they work as opposed to treating their projects as isolated works of art. The book makes an attempt to link changes in form to shifts in socio-economic structures through the five key interventions of 20th-century urbanism. The theme running through the work is the progressive opening up and destruction of the urban block as presented in three basic forms in the three first chapters to be replaced by a concern for the autonomy of the object and the destruction of the distinction between public and private space. This is continued in a new up to date chapter focusing on the US through case studies of New Urbanism, Seaside, Kenlands, Mission Bay and Celebration.

Audience: Architects, urban designers, urban planners, and students of the same.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“required reading for every student who intends to go anywhere near the subject.”
— The Architect’s Journal, July 2004

“ …a true work of urban design, in that it focuses on the connection between form of cities and their architecture … brings a European vision to the topic.”
— Landscape Architect & Specifier News, August 2004
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780750656078
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/1/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

An architect planner and Honorary Senior Research Fellow of the Urban Morphology Research Group, Birmingham University and consultant to the UK Civic Trust Regeneration Unit.

Architect and professor at the School of Architecture of Paris-Villemin, and the DEA Schools of Architecture- French Institute of Urbanism.

Architect and Doctor of urbanism, professor at the School of Architecture of Versailles and the DEA Schools of Architecture- French Institute of Urbanism.

Doctor of Urban Sociology and Director of research at the CNRS Maison Mediterranée of Human Sciences, Aix- en- Provence.

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Table of Contents

Foreword. Introduction. Chapter 1: The Paris of Haussmann 1853-1882; Chapter 2: London: the garden cities 1905-1925; Chapter 3: The expansions of Amsterdam 1913-1934; Chapter 4: The new Frankfurt and Ernst May 1925-1930; Chapter 5: Le Corbusier and The Cité Radieuse; Chapter 6: The metamorphosis of the plot and urban design; Chapter 7: The development and transmission of architectural models; Chapter 8: Building the city; 1975-1995; Chapter 9 :An Anglo-American Postscript. References. Index.

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