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Repairing the American Metropolis: Common Place Revisited
Repairing the American Metropolis
Common Place Revisited
Hardcover      ISBN: 0295982306
Following up on his earlier work Common Place , Kelbaugh (architecture and urban planning, U. of Michigan) suggests steps for implementing the concepts of New Urbanism on the American landscape. Based on ideals of community and sustainability, the New Urbanism seeks to downplay planning around the automobile, conserve natural resources, promote mixed usage areas, and visually fit the built environment into the natural environment. Although his topic is the American city in general, many examples are taken from Detroit and Seattle. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx
Random Family
Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx
Paperback      ISBN: 0743254430
Coming of age in the midst of the Bronx drug trade, nineteen-year-old Jessica, fourteen-year-old Coco, and their lovers experience budding sexuality, teen parenthood, and gang identity, in a social examination of the challenges of family life in the face of violence. Reprint. 75,000 first printing.
Biopolis: Patrick Geddes and the City of Life
Biopolis
Patrick Geddes and the City of Life
Hardcover      ISBN: 0262232111
Winner in the 2003 AAUP Book, Jacket, and Journal Competition in the Scholarly Illustrated category. The Scottish urbanist and biologist Patrick Geddes (1854-1932) is perhaps best known for introducing the concept of "region" to architecture and planning. At the turn of the twentieth century, he was one of the strongest advocates of town planning and an active participant in debates about the future of the city. He was arguably the first planner to recognize the importance of historic city centers, and his renewal work in Edinburgh's Old Town is visible and impressive to this day. Geddes's famous analytical triad
Home from Nowhere: Remaking Our Everyday World for the Twenty-First Century
Home from Nowhere
Remaking Our Everyday World for the Twenty-First Century
Paperback      ISBN: 0684837374
Describes the landscape debates and movements in America that attempt to restore the beauty of its dwelling places
Magic Lands: Western Cityscapes and American Culture After 1940
Magic Lands
Western Cityscapes and American Culture After 1940
Hardcover      ISBN: 0520077032
The American West conjures up images of pastoral tranquility and wide open spaces, but by 1970 the Far West was the most urbanized section of the country. Exploring four intriguing cityscapes—Disneyland, Stanford Industrial Park, Sun City, and the 1962 Seattle World's Fair—John Findlay shows how each created a sense of cohesion and sustained people's belief in their superior urban environment. This first book-length study of the urban West after 1940 argues that Westerners deliberately tried to build cities that differed radically from their eastern counterparts. In 1954, Walt Disney began building the world's first theme park, using Hollywood's movie-making techniques. The creators of Stanford Industrial Park were more hesitant in their approach to a conceptually organized environment, but by the mid-1960s the Park was the nation's prototypical "research park" and the intellectual downtown for the high-technology region that became Silicon Valley. In 1960, on the outskirts of Phoenix, Del E. Webb built Sun City, the largest, most influential retirement community in the United States. Another innovative cityscape arose from the 1962 Seattle World's Fair and provided a futuristic, somewhat fanciful vision of modern life. These four became "magic lands" that provided an antidote to the apparent chaos of their respective urban milieus. Exemplars of a new lifestyle, they are landmarks on the changing cultural landscape of postwar America.
The Continuing City: Urban Morphology in Western Civilization
The Continuing City
Urban Morphology in Western Civilization
Hardcover      ISBN: 0801838010
Ian Mcharg: Conversations With Students: Dwelling in Nature
Ian Mcharg
Conversations With Students: Dwelling in Nature
Paperback      ISBN: 1568986203
One of the legendary figures in twentieth-century landscape design, Ian McHarg transformed the fields of landscape architecture and planning through his personal methodology, his unique curriculum at the University of Pennsylvania, and his own inspired writing. In classic texts such as his landmark 1969 book Design with Nature, McHarg painted an incredibly rich and exuberant picture of the organic world while conjuring up a vision of a more wholesome and productive metropolis. In this new entry in the popular Conversations with Students series, we are proud to make McHarg's never-before-in-print lecture 'Collaboration with Nature' available for the first time. Captured on tape in the 1970s, the lecture is the sequel to Design with Nature. This is a must-read for anyone in the fields of landscape architecture, environmental science, and urban planning.
Changing Places: Rebuilding Community in the Age of Sprawl
Changing Places
Rebuilding Community in the Age of Sprawl
Hardcover      ISBN: 0805043683
A detailed look into the historic communities that are fighting against urban development also examines the New England towns and areas in the Midwest that are battling against large conglomerates such as Wal-Mart
In the Chinese City: Perspectives on the Transmutations of an Empire
In the Chinese City
Perspectives on the Transmutations of an Empire
Hardcover      ISBN: 8496954498
Miami
Miami
Paperback      ISBN: 067166820x
Looks at the relationship between Miami natives and the Cuban refugees trying to establish new lives