Urban Design
A Field Guide to Sprawl
A Field Guide to Sprawl
Paperback      ISBN: 0393731987

A Field Guide to Sprawl was selected by the urban web site Planetizen for its list of "Top Ten Books in Urban Studies" and by Discover magazine for its list of "Top 20 Books in Science." Features on the book appeared in The New York Times and the Boston Globe.

Duck, ruburb, tower farm, big box, and pig-in-a-python are among the dozens of zany terms invented by real estate developers and designers today to characterize land-use practices and the physical elements of sprawl. Sprawl in the environment, based on the metaphor of a person spread out, is hard to define. This concise book engages its meaning, explains common building patterns, and illustrates the visual culture of sprawl. Seventy-five stunning color aerial photographs, each paired with a definition, convey the impact of excessive development. This "engagingly organized and splendidly photographed" (Wall Street Journal) book provides the verbal and visual vocabulary needed by professionals, public officials, and citizens to critique uncontrolled growth in the American landscape.

The Urban Gardener
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.
101 Things I Learned(r) in Urban Design School
101 Things I Learned(r) in Urban Design School
Hardcover      ISBN: 0451496698
Providing unique, accessible lessons on urban design, this title in the bestselling 101 Things I Learned(R) 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(R) 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.

The Acoustic City
The Acoustic City
Paperback      ISBN: 3868592717
The Acoustic City consists of a series of cutting-edge essays on sound and the city, and a specially commissioned CD. The book is comprised of five thematic sections: sound mappings, sound cultures, the recording of urban sounds and acoustic ecology.

Atmosphere Anatomies: On Design, Weather, and Sensation
Atmosphere Anatomies
On Design, Weather, and Sensation
Paperback      ISBN: 3037786124

Atmosphere Anatomies illustrates the relationship between landscape architecture and urbanism with atmosphere as a design medium for sensory and physiological welfare. The essays examine the design techniques and contexts of projects in which atmosphere is brought to the fore. Throughout, photo-essays by Iwan Baan showcase selected design projects as milieus for everyday life. The book concludes with a combined taxonomy of design techniques. The critical and visual examinations of these projects--from William Kent to Lawrence Halprin, Carlos Villanueva to Alexandre Chemetoff, Le Corbusier to Lina Bo Bardi--illustrate that the continual integration of atmosphere as medium in the design process creates spaces with social, emotional and environmental relevance

Silvia Benedito is an Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. She teaches graduate core design studios in landscape architecture and urbanism, as well as advanced research seminars. She also serves as Co-Chair of the Sensory Media Platform at the GSD.

Beyond the Neighborhood Unit: Residential Environments and Public Policy
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).

Cities by Design: The Social Life of Urban Form
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.

Cities in Time: Temporary Urbanism and the Future of the City
Cities in Time
Temporary Urbanism and the Future of the City
Hardcover      ISBN: 147422072x

From street-markets and pop-up shops to art installations and Olympic parks, the temporary use of urban space is a growing international trend in architecture and urban design. Partly a response to economic and ecological crisis, it also claims to offer a critique of the status quo and an innovative way forward for the urban future.

Cities in Time aims to explore and understand the phenomenon, offering a first critical and theoretical evaluation of temporary urbanism and its implications for the present and future of our cities.

The book argues that temporary urbanism needs to be understood within the broader context of how different concepts of time are embedded in the city. In any urban place, multiple, discordant and diverse timeframes are at play - and the chapters here explore these different conceptions of temporality, their causes and their effects. Themes explored include how institutionalised time regulates everyday urban life, how technological and economic changes have accelerated the city's rhythms, our existential and personal senses of time, concepts of memory and identity, virtual spaces, ephemerality and permanence.

Cities of Tomorrow: An Intellectual History of Urban Planning and Design Since 1880
Cities of Tomorrow
An Intellectual History of Urban Planning and Design Since 1880
4th Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 1118456475

Peter Hall's seminal Cities of Tomorrow remains an unrivalled account of the history of planning in theory and practice, as well as of the social and economic problems and opportunities that gave rise to it. Now comprehensively revised, the fourth edition offers a perceptive, critical, and global history of urban planning and design throughout the twentieth-century and beyond.

  • A revised and updated edition of this classic text from one of the most notable figures in the field of urban planning and design
  • Offers an incisive, insightful, and unrivalled critical history of planning in theory and practice, as well as of the underlying socio-economic challenges and opportunities
  • Comprehensively revised to take account of abundant new research published over the last decade
  • Reviews the development of the modern planning movement over the entire span of the twentieth-century and beyond
  • Draws on global examples throughout, and weaves the author's own fascinating experiences into the text to illustrate this authoritative story of urban growth
The City as Resource: Concepts and Methods for Urban Design
The City as Resource
Concepts and Methods for Urban Design
Paperback      ISBN: 3868591443
The City as a Resource proposes a model of the city as a resource containing untapped possibilities and potentials for both individuals and society as a whole. This resource, however, is not inexhaustible; it will only be able to meet the needs of future generations if it is handled sustainably, rather than with an eye for short-term profits and partisan interests. The challenge, then, is to conceive of the city as a regenerative circuit--a complex of spatial and aesthetic qualities that can be sustained and developed over time. The City as a Resource is edited by Nicolas Kretschmann, Mark Michaeli, Tim Rieniets and Christian Salewski, and uses texts, projects and examples to present state-of-the-art urban planning methods and strategies for handling cities as resources, giving new life and new meaning to the idea of sustainable urban design.