This book is recommended reading for planners preparing to take the AICP exam. Too often, no one is happy with new development: Public officials must choose among unappealing alternatives, developers are frustrated and the public is angry. But growing political support for urban design, developers' interest in community building and successful examples of redesigned cities all over the U.S. are hopeful signs of change. The author explains how design can reshape suburban growth patterns, revitalize older cities, and retrofit metropolitan areas where earlier development decisions went wrong. The author describes in detail specific techniques, materials, and technologies that should be known (but often aren't) to planners, public officials, concerned citizens, and others involved in development.
1 The New Politics of Urban Design Part 1 Principles 2 Community--life takes place on foot 3 Liviability--urbanism old & new 4 Mobility--parking, transit & urban form 5 Equity--deconcentrating poverty, affordable housing, & environmental justice 6 Sustainability--smart growth versus sprawl Part 2 Practice 7 Designing new neighbourhoods 8 Reinventing inner-city neighbourhoods 9 Restoring and enhancing neighbourhoods 10 Redesigning commercial corridors 11 Turning edge cities into real cities 12 Keeping downtowns competitive Part 3 Implementation 13 Designing the public environment 14 Shaping cities through development regulations 15 Organization structures for urban design