Writing Urbanism: A Design Reader / Edition 1

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Urban design continues to grow as an increasingly important and expanding field of study, research and professional endeavour.

Distinguished by its broad scope and comprehensiveness on the subject of urban design, this new collection combines selected essays from both practitioners and academia.

Writing Urbanism is the ideal volume for both students, architects and urban designers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415774383
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/14/2008
  • Series: ACSA Architectural Education Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 424
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Douglas Kelbaugh F.A.I.A. is Dean and Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. He is a leading practitioner, teacher, and thinker in urban design, is the author of several books on urban design, and has taught design at eight schools of architecture in the USA, Europe, Japan, and Australia.

Kit Krankel McCullough is a lecturer at the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. She is Principal of Kit Krankel McCullough Urban Design, and has significant and broad experience as a practitioner of urban design as well as having taught a variety of courses in urban design.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Robert Fishman Fishman, Robert

Preface Douglas Kelbaugb Kelbaugb, Douglas Kit Krankel McCullough McCullough, Kit Krankel

I Urban Process 1

Introduction Kit Krankel McCullough McCullough, Kit Krankel 3


The virtues of cities Alex Krieger Krieger, Alex 6

Working cities: Density, risk, spontaneity J. Max Bond, Jr. Bond, J. Max, Jr. 12

Meaningful urban design: Teleological/catalytic/relevant Aseem Inam Inam, Aseem 14

Mathematics of the ideal roadtrip Christopher Monson Monson, Christopher 24

City walking: Laying claim to Manhattan Ben Jacks Jacks, Ben 34

Preservation, re-use, and sustainability

Green Manhattan David Owen Owen, David 45

Stewardship of the built environment: The emerging synergies from sustainability and historic preservation Robert A. Young Young, Robert A. 57

DROSS; Re-genesis of diverse matter Lydia Kallipoliti Kallipoliti, Lydia 61

The shared global ideology of the big and the green David Gissen Gissen, David 69


Levittown retrofitted: An urbanism beyond the property line Teddy Cruz Cruz, Teddy 75

The mnemonic city: Duality, invisibility, and memory in American urbanism Craig Evan Barton Barton, Craig Evan 80

Mapping East Los Angeles: Aesthetics and cultural politics in an other L.A. Jose Gamez Gamez, Jose 87

Celebrating the city Alan J. Plattus Plattus, Alan J. 96

Skid Row, Los Angeles Camilo Jose Vergara Vergara, Camilo Jose 98

II Urban Form 103

Introduction: Further thoughts on the three urbanisms Douglas Kelbaugh Kelbaugh, Douglas 105

Everyday urbanism, landscape urbanism, and infrastructure

Everyday urban design: Towards default urbanism and/or urbanism bydesign? John Kaliski Kaliski, John 115

Without end: Mats, holes, and the promise of landscape urbanism Karen M'Closkey M'Closkey, Karen 120

Boston's New Urban Ring: An antidote to urban fragmentation George Thrush Thrush, George 127

Infrastructure for the new social compact William R. Morrish Morrish, William R. Catherine R. Brown Brown, Catherine R. 138

New urbanism

Whatever happened to modernity? Daniel Solomon Solomon, Daniel 155

The town of Seaside: Designed in 1978-1983 by Duany Plater-Zyberk & Co Andres Duany Duany, Andres Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk Plater-Zyberk, Elizabeth 168

The impact of ideology on American town planning Tony Schuman Schuman, Tony Elliott Sclar Sclar, Elliott 176

New Urbanism as a counter-project to post-industrialism Ellen Dunham-Jones Dunham-Jones, Ellen 185

Integrating urbanisms: Growing places between New Urbanism and Post-Urbanism Carl Giometti Giometti, Carl 194

Post urbanism

Rem Koolhaas's writing on cities: Poetic perception and gnomic fantasy William S. Saunders Saunders, William S. 203

"Bigness" in context: Some regressive tendencies in Rem Koolhaas' urban theory Jorge Otero-Pailos Otero-Pailos, Jorge 220

Habraken and Koolhaas: Two Dutchmen flying over Bijlmermeer June P. Williamson Williamson, June P. 229

Hetefotopias and Urban Design David Grahame Shane Shane, David Grahame 237

III Urban Society 245

Introduction Douglas Kelbaugh Kelbaugh, Douglas 247

The public realm

Big Brother is charging you Michael Sorkin Sorkin, Michael 250

Communitas and the American public realm Spiro Kostof Kostof, Spiro 254

Contesting the public realm: Struggles over public space in Los Angeles Margaret Crawford Crawford, Margaret 271

Action space Richard Scherr Scherr, Richard 281

The inscription of "public" and "civic" realms in the contemporary city Michael E. Gamble Gamble, Michael E. 291

Globalism and local identity

Zone Keller Easterling Easterling, Keller 297

Dis-assembling the urban: The variable interactions of spatial form and content Saskia Sassen Sassen, Saskia 303

Tropical Lewis Mumford: The first critical regionalist urban planner Liane Lefaivre Lefaivre, Liane Alexander Tzonis Tzonis, Alexander 313

The luxury of languor Michael A. McClure McClure, Michael A. Ursula Emery McClure McClure, Ursula Emery 324


Technoscience and environmental culture: A provisional critique Kenneth Brampton Brampton, Kenneth 333

Technology, place, and the nonmodern thesis Steven A. Moore Moore, Steven A. 345

Immanent domain: Pervasive computing and the public realm Dana Cuff Cuff, Dana 360

City of dreams: Virtual space/public space Eugenia Victoria Ellis Ellis, Eugenia Victoria 372

Index 383

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