Taking on the key issues in urban design, Shaping the City examines the critical ideas that have driven these themes and debates through a study of particular cities at important periods in their development. As well as retaining crucial discussions about cities such as Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, and Brasilia at particular moments in their history that exemplified the problems and themes at hand like the mega-city, the post-colonial city and New Urbanism, in this new edition the editors have introduced new case studies critical to any study of contemporary urbanism – China, Dubai, Tijuana and the wider issues of informal cities in the Global South.
The book serves as both a textbook for classes in urban design, planning and theory and is also attractive to the increasing interest in urbanism by scholars in other fields. Shaping the City provides an essential overview of the range and variety of urbanisms and urban issues that are critical to an understanding of contemporary urbanism.
Abu Dhabi and Dubai: World City Doubles Keller Easterling Atlanta Rem Koolhaas Barcelona – Rethinking Urbanistic Projects Joan Busquets Brasilia – The Project of Brasilia Farès el-Dahdah Chicago – Superblockism: Chicago’s Elastic Grid Sarah Whiting Detroit – Motor City Charles Waldheim Hong Kong-Aformal Urbanism Jonathan D Solomon Los Angeles – Between Cognitive Mapping and Dirty Realism Paulette Singley New Orleans – Ecological Urbanism Victor J. Jones Oslo -- The Triumph of Zombie Urbanism Jonny Aspen Philadelphia – The Urban Design of Philadelphia: Taking the Towne for the City Richard M. Sommer San Francisco – San Francisco in an Age of Reaction Mitchell Schwarzer San Diego/Tijuana: an Urbanism Beyond the Property Line Teddy Cruz Shenzhen -- Topology of a New-Liberal City Adrian Blackwell New Urbanism Edward Robbins Bibliography Notes Index