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The Evolution of Urban Form

Typology for Planners and Architects, 1st Edition

By Brenda Case Scheer


144 pages

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Why are so many of our urban environments so resistant to change? The author tackles this question in her comprehensive guide for planners, designers, and students concerned with how cities take shape. This book provides a fundamental understanding of how physical environments are created, changed, and transformed through ordinary processes over time. Most of the built environment adheres to a few physical patterns, or types, that occur over and over. Planners and architects, consciously and unconsciously, refer to building types as they work through urban design problems and regulations. Suitable for professional planners, architects, urban designers, and students, This book includes practical examples of how typology is critical to analytical, design, and regulatory situations.

Table of Contents

1. A Crisis in the Urban Landscape 2. The Origins and Theory of Type 3. Typological Transformation 4. Typology and Urban Transformation 5. Legitimacy and Control 6. Typology and the Disordered City 7. Type in Design and Practice 8. Transformation and Imagination

About the Author

Brenda Case Scheer, AICP is the Dean and Professor of Architecture and City Metropolitan for the College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Utah.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Urban & Land Use Planning