Urban Planning Today: A Harvard Design Magazine Reader

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American cities' penchants for single-use zoning and free-market development in pursuit of economic growth have produced problems that have long been recognized: grueling commutes and dependency on automobiles, social isolation, expensive public infrastructure, needless destruction of countryside. Eminent domain disputes rage on, despite recent Supreme Court decisions. Outdated public housing and failed single-function projects litter the landscape. Addressing these urgent problems and debating the public's role in urban planning, the contributors to Urban Planning Today report on real projects in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, New York, Omaha, Portland, and Vancouver. They bring varying, and sometimes divergent, perspectives from backgrounds in urban design and development, city and regional planning, criticism, and law to bear on the mixed bag of results observed in these cities. Noting the increasing influence of local nonprofit developers—such as Bridge Housing in San Francisco and Phipps Houses Group, Community Preservation Corporation, and NYC2012 in New York—as well as national organizations, the contributors also imagine clear and effective roles for government leaders. By creating a dialogue of cities' planning successes and failures, this book illustrates that adopting a single model universally will not work and that effective planning must indisputably demonstrate that any public action and private market reaction will be in the local community's interest—physically, functionally, financially, politically, aesthetically, and spiritually. Contributors: Jonathan Barnett, Lynn Becker, Peter Calthorpe, Susan Fainstein, Bent Flyvbjerg, John Kaliski, Jerold Kayden, Matthew J. Kiefer, Hubert Murray, Richard Plunz, Leonie Sandercock, Michael Sheridan. William S. Saunders is editor of Harvard Design Magazine and the books Commodification and Spectacle in Architecture and Sprawl and Suburbia, both from Minnesota. He is assistant dean for external relations at the Harvard Design School, and author of Modern Architecture: Photographs by Ezra Stoller. Alexander Garvin is president and CEO of Alex Garvin & Associates Inc. and adjunct professor of urban planning and management at Yale University.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816647569
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 7/18/2006
  • Series: Harvard Design Magazine Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.88 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : planning now for the twenty-first century
1 The return of urban renewal : Dan Doctoroff's grand plans for New York City 1
2 Deadlock plus 50 : on public housing in New York 14
3 Democracy takes command : the new community planning and the challenge to urban design 24
4 Can planning be a means to better architecture? : Chicago's building boom and design quality 38
5 An anatomy of civic ambition in Vancouver : toward humane density 48
6 Paved with good intentions : Boston's Central Artery Project and failure of city building 63
7 Public planning and private initiative : the South Boston waterfront 83
8 Omaha by design - all of it : new prospects in urban planning and design 93
9 Is eminent domain for economic development constitutional? 106
10 From new regionalism to the urban network : changing the paradigm of growth 117
11 Design by deception : the politics of megaproject approval 131
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