The Urban Design Reader

Edited by Michael Larice, Elizabeth Macdonald

© 2004 – Routledge

544 pages | 65 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2006-10-11
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About the Book

Drawing together the very best of classic and contemporary writings, this informative book illuminates the theory and practice of urban design. Forty-one generous selections include contributions from Le Corbusier and Jacobs through to Hayden and Gillham.

This book provides an essential resource for students and practitioners of urban design, drawing together important but widely dispersed writings. Section and selection introductions are provided to assist students in understanding where readings come from and how they fit into the larger picture of the field of urban design.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Historical Precedents for the Urban Design Field Introduction: 'Upsurge of the Renaissance' Edmund Bacon 'The Family of Eyes' and 'The Mire of the Macadam' Marshall Berman 'Public Parks and the Enlargement of Towns' Frederick Law Olmsted 'The Meager and Unimaginative Character of Modern City Plans' and 'The Artistic Limitations of Modern City Planning' Camillo Sitte 'The Garden City Idea and Modern Planning' Lewis Mumford 'The Neighborhood Unit' Clarence Perry 'The Pack-Donkey’s Way and Man’s Way' and 'A Contemporary City' Le Corbusier Part 2: Normative Theories of Good City Form Introduction: 'Introduction' and 'The Uses of Sidewalks: Contact' Jane Jacobs 'The Timeless Way' Christopher Alexander 'Toward an Urban Design Manifesto' Allan B. Jacobs and Donald Appleyard 'Dimensions of Performance' Kevin Lynch Part 3: Place Theories in Urban Design Introduction: 'Prospects for Places' Edward Relph 'The Phenomenon of Place' Christian Norberg-Schulz 'The Problem of Place in America' Ray Oldenburg Part 4: Dimensions of Place-Making Introduction: 'The Image of the Environment' and 'The City Image and Its Elements' Kevin Lynch 'Introduction to the Concise Townscape' Gordon Cullen 'Principles for Regional Design' Michael Hough 'Critical Regionalism: An Architecture of Place' Doug Kelbaugh 'Place Memory and Urban Preservation' Dolores Hayden 'Themes of Postmodern Urbanism' Nan Ellin 'The Generic City' Rem Koolhaas Part 5: Typology and Morphology in Urban Design Introduction: 'Urban Components' Leon Krier 'The Third Typology' Anthony Vidler 'Getting to Know the Built Landscape: Typomorphology' Anne Vernez Moudon Part 6: Contemporary Challenges and Responses Introduction: 'What is Sprawl?' Oliver Gillham 'Charter of the New Urbanism', 'Congress for the New Urbanism' and 'Density in Communities, or the Most Important Factor in Building Urbanity' Eduardo Lozano 'Compact, Decentralised or What? The Sustainable City Debate' Hildebrand Frey Part 7: Elements of the Public Realm Introduction: 'Introduction', 'The Life of Plazas' and 'Sitting Space' William H. Whyte 'Three Types of Outdoor Activities' and 'Life Between Buildings' Jan Gehl 'Urban Plazas' Clare Cooper Marcus and Carolyn Francis 'Neighborhood Space' Randolph Hester 'Great Streets and City Planning' Allan B. Jacobs 'Getting Around' David Sucher 'Green Streets' Metro Portland 'Drawing Lessons and Debunking Myths' Robert Cervero Part 8: Practice and Process Introduction: 'A Catholic Approach to Organizing What Urban Designers Should Know' Anne Vernez Moudon 'Urban Design as a Discipline and as a Profession' Jon Lang 'The Communication Process' Matthew Carmona, Tim Heath, Taner Oc and Steven Tiesdell 'The Debate on Design Review' Brenda Case Scheer 'Design Guidelines in American Cities: Conclusions' John Punter

About the Series

Routledge Urban Reader Series

This exciting series responds to the need for comprehensive coverage of the classic and essential texts that form the basis of intellectual work in the various academic disciplines and professional fields concerned with cities. The readers focus on the key topics encountered by undergraduates, graduates and scholars in urban studies and allied fields, the contributions of major theoreticians and practitioners and other individuals, groups and organizations that study the city or practise in a field that affects the city.
As well as drawing together the best of classic and contemporary writings on the city, each reader features extensive general, section and selection introductions prepared by the volume editors to place the selections in context, illustrate relations among topics, provide information on the author and point readers towards additional related biographic material.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL002000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / City Planning & Urban Development
SCI030000
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
SOC015000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography