The Urban Gardener
Hardcover ISBN: 1845337964
In The Urban Gardener, garden designer and lecturer Matt James provides an approachable, practical guide to making the most of an urban garden, including: - How to design an urban space - from balconies and roof terraces to courtyards, basement areas and window ledges. - Ten ways to improve your environment through sustainable gardening techniques. - Creating a space for living, with areas for dining, playing and growing your own produce. - Planting the urban garden: using plants to define space; to introduce color, form and texture; and to provide much needed shade and privacy. - Looking after the urban garden: planting techniques and timing, irrigation, drainage and weed control. - Fifteen step-by-step projects, including creating a living green wall and installing a green roof. - Directory of plants that will thrive in an urban environment.
Seven Urban Ideas That Shape the World
Paperback ISBN: 0062196324
From the acclaimed landscape designer, historian and author of American Eden, a lively, unique, and accessible cultural history of modern cities—from suburbs, downtown districts, and exurban sprawl, to shopping malls and “sustainable
The Well-Tempered City
What Modern Science, Ancient Civilizations, and Human Nature Teach Us About the Future of Urban Life
Hardcover ISBN: 0062234722
A visionary in responsible urban development and renewal presents an interdisciplinary exploration of the development of cities from the beginning of civilization to the present, revealing the conditions that gave rise to the happiest communities, and the qualities that define them. 25,000 first printing.
The Next American Metropolis
Ecology, Community, and the American Dream
Paperback ISBN: 1878271687
Regarding issues of urban sprawl Visit Sprawl Net, at Rice University. It's under construction, but it should be an interesting resource. Check out the traffic in the land of commuting. And, finally, enjoy Los Angeles: Revisiting the Four Ecologies.
101 Things I Learned in Urban Design School
Hardcover ISBN: 0451496698
Providing unique, accessible lessons on urban design, this title in the bestselling 101 Things I Learned® series is a perfect resource for students, recent graduates, general readers, and even seasoned professionals. Students of urban design often find themselves lost between books that are either highly academic or overly formulaic, leaving them with few tangible tools to use in their design projects. 101 Things I Learned® in Urban Design School fills this void with provocative, practical lessons on urban space, street types, pedestrian experience, managing the design process, the psychological, social, cultural, and economic ramifications of physical design decisions, and more. Written by two experienced practitioners and instructors, this informative book will appeal not only to students, but to seasoned professionals, planners, city administrators, and ordinary citizens who wish to better understand their built world.
Adventures in Sustainable Urbanism
Hardcover ISBN: 1438476493
Opens up new ways of thinking about and debating the consequences of sustainable urbanism as it moves from planning to practice.
On Design, Weather, and Sensation
Paperback ISBN: 3037786124
Beyond the Neighborhood Unit
Residential Environments and Public Policy
Hardcover ISBN: 0306415550
Much of the research on which this book is based was funded almost a decade ago by separate grants from two different agencies of the U. S. Public Health Service, of the then still consolidated Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. The first grant was from the Bureau of Community Environmental Management (Public Health Service Research Grant J-RO J EM 0049-02), and the second from the Center for Studies of Metropolitan Problems of the National Institute of Mental Health (Public Health Service Grant ROJ MH 24904-02). These separate grants were necessary because of budget cuts that truncated our original effort. We were fortunate to receive subsequent assistance from NIMH to conclude the research, as it is doubtful that a project of the scope and intent of our effort--even as completed in abbreviated form-will be funded in the 1980s. The original intent of this project, as formulated by our colleagues Ira Robinson and Alan Kreditor, and as conceptualized earlier by their predeces sors-members of an advisory committee of planners and social scientists ap pointed by the American Public Health Association (APHA)-was to rewrite Planning the Neighborhood, APHA's recommended standards for residential design. In particular, it was proposed that the new study take the point of view of the user in terms of residential standards. Hitherto, the private sector had domi nated these considerations (i. e. , the designer's predilections, the requirements of builders and material suppliers, and lenders' needs for mortgage security).
Change the World City by City
A Change Maker's Guide to Fast Forward Sustainability
Paperback ISBN: 9401453578
Cities by Design
The Social Life of Urban Form
Hardcover ISBN: 0745648975
Who makes our cities, and what part do everyday users have in the design of cities? This book powerfully shows that city-making is a social process and examines the close relationship between the social and physical shaping of urban environments. With cities taking a growing share of the global population, urban forms and urban experience are crucial for understanding social injustice, economic inequality and environmental challenges. Current processes of urbanization too often contribute to intensifying these problems; cities, likewise, will be central to the solutions to such problems. Focusing on a range of cities in developed and developing contexts, Cities by Design highlights major aspects of contemporary urbanization: urban growth, density and sustainability; inequality, segregation and diversity; informality, environment and infrastructure. Offering keen insights into how the shaping of our cities is shaping our lives, Cities by Design provides a critical exploration of key issues and debates that will be invaluable to students and scholars in sociology and geography, environmental and urban studies, architecture, urban design and planning.