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Urban Design Reader - Professor Matthew Carmona

Paperback Published: 8th December 2006
ISBN: 9780750665315
Number Of Pages: 375

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Essential reading for students and practitioners of urban design, this collection of essays introduces the 6 dimensions of urban design through a range of the most important classic and contemporary key texts.
Urban design as a form of place making has become an increasingly significant area of academic endeavour, of public policy and professional practice. Compiled by the authors of the best selling Public Places Urban Spaces, this indispensable guide includes all the crucial definitions and various understandings of the subject, as well as a practical look at how to implement urban design that readers will need to refer to time and time again.
Uniquely, the selections of essays that include the works of Gehl, Jacobs, and Cullen, are presented substantially in their original form, and the truly accessible dip-in-and-out format will enable readers to form a deeper, practical understanding of urban design.
*A compulsory element of all architecture courses, this in an ideal introduction to the classic theories
*Brings together, in one place, the key texts that provide the foundations of this increasingly significant discipline
*Includes a range of writing from the 1960's to contemporary work, ensuring a complete coverage of the development of the subject

Introductionp. 1
Understanding urban designp. 5
'Places' matter mostp. 9
Ambiguities of urban designp. 12
Urban environments as visual art or as social settings? A reviewp. 24
An integrative theory of urban designp. 33
Postmodern urban formp. 43
A procedural explanation for contemporary urban designp. 52
The morphological dimensionp. 59
What is lost space?p. 63
The grid as generatorp. 70
Typology: an architecture of limitsp. 83
The perceptual dimensionp. 99
On the identity of placesp. 103
Reconsidering the image of the cityp. 108
The social production of the built environment: architects, architecture and the post-Modern cityp. 114
Invented placesp. 126
Learning from Disney Worldp. 130
The social dimensionp. 139
Three types of outdoor activities; Outdoor activities and quality of outdoor spacep. 143
The uses of sidewalks: safetyp. 147
The future of public space: beyond invented streets and reinvented placesp. 153
The character of third placesp. 163
The rise of the private cityp. 170
The visual dimensionp. 177
Townscape: introductionp. 181
Path-portal-placep. 185
What makes a good building?p. 199
A report from the frontp. 204
The functional dimensionp. 209
Functionalismp. 213
The life of plazasp. 226
Needs in public spacep. 230
Understanding transactionsp. 241
Cities as movement economiesp. 245
The temporal dimensionp. 263
Images in motionp. 267
The presence of the pastp. 293
Shearing layersp. 302
Implementing urban designp. 307
The built environmentp. 313
The politics of urban designp. 319
Heroes and servants, markets and battlefieldsp. 323
Private-property decision makers and the quality of urban designp. 332
The debate on design review B. Case Scheerp. 344
The inner cityp. 352
Bibliographyp. 361
Indexp. 363
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ISBN: 9780750665315
ISBN-10: 0750665319
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 375
Published: 8th December 2006
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.92 x 19.02  x 2.08
Weight (kg): 0.69
Edition Number: 1