Urban Design Books

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    In the Life of Cities

    In the Life of Cities: Parallel Narratives of the Urban addresses the complex relations between urban artifacts and urban life. The contributions show how architects, planners, and urban designers describe and give shape to the city, while novelists, humanists, and other scholars examine its operations and performances.

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    Sourcebook of Contemporary Urban Design

    Sourcebook of Contemporary Urban Design presents more than 300 noteworthy case studies in its 600 pages. The case studies incorporate many types of urban space projects, indoor and outdoor, including a succinct description of the project at hand, listing its name, client, and location and presenting its unique objectives, challenges, and solutions.

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    Urban Design: A Typology of Procedures and Products

    Urban Design: A Typology of Procedures and Products provides a comprehensive and accessible introduction to urban design, presenting a 3 dimensional model with which to categorise the processes and products involved. It not only defines the subject, but also considers the future direction of the field and what can be learned from the past.

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    Sprawling Cities and Our Endangered Public Health

    Sprawling Cities and Our Endangered Public Health examines the past and present role of architecture in relation to the public health consequences of unmitigated sprawl and the ways in which it threatens our future. Topics examined include the role of twentieth century theories of architecture and urbanism and their public health ramifications, examples of current unsustainable practices, design considerations for the creation of health-promoting architecture and landscape urbanism, a critique of recent case studies of sustainable alternatives to unchecked sprawl, and prognostications for the future.

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    Urban Design: Street and Square

    Urban Design: Street and Square offers a detailed analysis of urban design, covering the streets, squares and buildings that make up the public face of towns and cities. It outlines the theory of the principal features of urban design from which method is developed and provides a better understanding of the main elements of urban design.

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    Planning Ideas That Matter

    Over the past hundred years of urbanization and suburbanization, four key themes have shaped urban and regional planning in both theory and practice: livability, territoriality, governance, and reflective professional practice. Planning Ideas That Matter charts the trajectories of these powerful planning ideas in an increasingly interconnected world.

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    Urban Design: Green Dimensions

    Urban Design: Green Dimensions explores sustainable development and green design in relation to urban structure and built form.

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    Masterplanning Futures

    Drawing on first-hand accounts and illustrated throughout with colour photographs, plans and visualizations, Masterplanning Futures includes twenty essays introduced by an extensive overview of the field and its objectives. These investigate plans including one-north Singapore, Masdar City in Abu Dhabi, Xochimilco in Mexico City and Waterfront Seattle, illuminating their distinct yet complementary integrated strategies.

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    Going Public: Public Architecture, Urbanism and Interventions

    Going Public: Public Architecture, Urbanism and Interventions showcases the creative revival of public space in our urban and rural landscapes. The book's compelling selection of formal and informal interventions, reclamations, and architecture illustrates the current scope and interest in refashioning and repurposing our built environment for public use. Ranging from bold to subtle and from temporary to permanent, the architecture and urban design featured in the book offers inspiring and surprising interpretations of our public surroundings and natural landscapes.

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    Lo Cal City

    Lo Cal City aggressively uncovers embedded radical efficiencies in a place - the true local in a locale - and posits how cities can minimize the metabolism of energy while maximizing the design and experience of architecture.

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    Metropolitan Landscape Architecture

    Metropolitan Landscape Architecture sketches the development of the urban landscape from the Renaissance to the present. The examples include urban landscapes and parks in Rome, Paris, London, Berlin, New York, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Boston, Hamburg, Frankfurt and Cologne.

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    Environmental Psychology for Design

    How does a room affect an occupant's behavior and well-being? How does a building influence its residents' health? Environmental Psychology for Design explores these questions with an in-depth look at psychosocial responses to the built environment. The book provides many proactive initiatives designed to minimize stress and maximize user satisfaction, helping readers to create more comfortable spaces that will both satisfy the needs of the intended occupants and expand the scope of design.

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    Moderators of Change: Architecture That Helps

    As living conditions among the world's poor continue to decline, with more and more people occupying slums and shantytowns, architects and artists are attempting to apply new models of collaboration and sustainability to social crisis. Moderators of Change: Architecture That Helps showcases 20 international projects by architects, designers and artists that provide socially responsible models of urban design.

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    Water Sensitive Urban Design

    In recent years, decentralized stormwater management has come to the forefront of debates on sustainable urban design. Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) aims to harmonize the urban built environment and urban water systems.

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    Detroit: 138 Square Miles

    Over the past six years, documentary photographer and architectural historian Julia Reyes Taubman has taken more than 30,000 photographs across the sprawled terrain of Detroit, ambitiously mapping out a comprehensive survey of a major American city. More than a photographic saturation job of a single city, Detroit: 138 Square Miles provides contextual perspective in an extended caption section in which Reyes Taubman collaborated with University of Michigan professors Robert Fishman and Michael McCullough to emphasize the social imperatives driving her documentation.

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    Infrastructural Urbanism

    Infrastructural Urbanism: Designing the Peripheries discusses spatial design implications of technical and transport infrastructure. The authors look at projects of various scales - from skate parks to urban highways - in many different cities - Mexico City, New York, London, Paris, Zurich, Seattle, Barcelona, Stockholm, Sao Paulo, Antwerp. They demonstrate that infrastructure generates its own category of urban realm.

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    Climate Change and Cities

    Urban areas are home to over half the world's people and are at the forefront of the climate change issue. The need for a global research effort to establish the current understanding of climate change adaptation and mitigation at the city level is urgent. To meet this goal a coalition of international researchers - the Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN) - was formed at the time of the C40 Large Cities Climate Summit in New York in 2007. This book is the First UCCRN Assessment Report on Climate Change and Cities.

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    Carrot City

    Carrot City is a collection of ideas, both conceptual and realized, that use design to enable sustainable food production, helping to reintroduce urban agriculture to our cities. Forty projects demonstrate how the production of food can lead to visually striking and artistically interesting solutions that create community and provide inhabitants with immediate access to fresh, healthful ingredients.

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    Rising Currents

    Published to document the exhibition, Rising Currents: Projects for New York's Waterfront presents five projects in detail through essays that summarize the innovative workshop and exhibition, the dialogues they engendered with outside experts and political figures involved in regional planning, and the climate change and urban planning implications of the proposed solutions.

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    Game Urbanism

    Hans Venhuizen is a specialist in what he calls culture-based planning, which takes existing culture - architecture, art and the contemporary culture of an area's inhabitants - as the point of departure for planning efforts. Venhuizen is well known for his use of ingenious large-scale social games to identify the culture and explore the interests at stake: one such game, called "Life, the Game," involved 20 participants in reenacting the entire life cycle. Game Urbanism: Handbook of Processes of Spatial Change presents Venhuizen's working practices and shows how they can be applied by anybody (citizens, planners, artists, architects, local authorities, administrators) working in spatial planning, architecture, community arts or other creative industries.

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    Understanding Cities

    Understanding Cities is richly textured, complex and challenging. It creates the vital link between urban design theory and praxis and opens the required methodological gateway to a new and unified field of urban design. Using spatial political economy as his most important reference point, Cuthbert both interrogates and challenges mainstream urban design and provides an alternative and viable comprehensive framework for a new synthesis.

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    Urban Design: The Composition of Complexity

    For planning to be successful, design must mean more than simply blindly following the dictates of legislation and regulation - yet losing sight of the importance of the design process is all too often exactly what has happened. The book identifies the elements and principles of composition and explores compositional order and structure as they relate to the meaning and functionality of cities. It discusses new directions and methods, outlines the importance of both buildings and the open spaces between them.

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    Drawing for Urban Design

    Drawing for Urban Design explores a wide range of ways to represent the city, from freehand sketching to sophisticated computer models.

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    Urban Design Since 1945

    Urban Design Since 1945: A Global Perspective reviews the emergence of urban design as a global phenomenon.

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    High Performance Landscape Guidelines

    High Performance Landscape Guidelines: 21st Century Parks for NYC is the first document of its kind in the nation: a comprehensive, municipal primer for sustainable parks and open space. The Guidelines cover every aspect of creating sustainable parks, from design to construction to maintenance, and feature hundreds of best practices for managing soil, water, and vegetation resources, as well as dozens of full color photos and illustrations.

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    Urban Projections

    This edited collection explores the relationship between urban space, architecture and the moving image.

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    Small Scale

    Small Scale presents fifty ingenious yet simple projects ranging from the purely conceptual to the fully realized. From a bridge that curls up into itself when not in use, to a stacked rental car dispenser, to a bus-stop like shelter that uses bright lights to treat seasonal affective disorder in the winter, these projects energize our cities leftover spaces and help us imagine the future of our urban infrastructure.

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    Post-Traumatic Urbanism

    Urban trauma describes a condition where conflict or catastrophe has disrupted and damaged not only the physical environment and infrastructure of a city, but also the social and cultural networks. Post-Traumatic Urbanism explores the response of architects and urban planners to these cataclysmic events.

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    Rome the Centre(s) Elsewhere

    An authoritative visual essay on the relationship between urban politics, large scale design, and architectural form. A plan that addresses Rome's consular roads, infrastructure, and landscape, together with a dense reflection on the meaning of Rome as "Urban Paradigm."

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    Democratic Design

    This collection represents the author's case studies in urban and small town environments in Australia, Brazil, Japan, Mexico and the United States. They illustrate a variety of community participation methods that can be adapted for use in different environmental settings.