The American landscape is an extremely complex terrain born from a history of collective and individual experiences. These created environments, which all may be called metropolitan landscapes, constantly challenge students and professionals in the fields of architecture, design and planning to consider new ways of making lively public places. This book brings together varied voices in urban design theory and practice to explore new ways of understanding place and our position in it.
Introduction Jacqueline Tatom. Photo Essay: Identity in the Middle Ground Part 1: Towards a Metropolitan Landscape: Interpreting American Cities 1. The Spatial Transformation and Restructuring of American Cities Peter Rowe 2. The Landscape of Comedy Jacqueline Tatom and Andrea Kahn 3. Landscape Urbanism and the American Agrarian Tradition Charles Waldheim 4. The Uses of History Eric Mumford 5. Urbanism by Numbers: A Quantitative Approach to Urban Form Anne Vernez Moudon Part 2: Towards a Metropolitan Urbanism – Democratic Aspirations, American Pragmatism and Design Practice 6. Pragmatism as Urban Design Gwendolyn Wright 7. Flexibility to Resilience: Directions for Contemporary Practice Hashim Sarkis 8. Multiplicity Ed Robbins 9. Citizenship and Architecture: The Order of the American City Alan Plattus Part 3: Making the Metropolitan Landscape: Action Through Practice 10. Integrating Urban Design and Educational Reform in the Post-Industrial American City Roy Strickland 11. Drawing, Persuasion, Politics: A Case Study in the California Delta Jane Wolff 12. Urban Decisions / Urban Design Charlie Cannon 13. Beijing Sketchbook James Wines Part 4: Programs for a Metropolitan Landscape 14. Elements for Metropolitan Design Jacqueline Tatom and Andrea Kahn