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A very readable textbook 17 juillet 2014
Par Cowboy Bill - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I'm not an architect or city planner, but I've had an interest in urban design since reading Jane Jacobs' "The Death and Life of Great American Cities." "Urban Design for an Urban Century" is not only great on the topic, but it isn't written in a hard-to-follow style (although it is a kind of textbook).

The first part of the book -- an intro to urban planning and a historical survey -- was the most interesting to me. The second part -- contemporary issues and current case studies -- is sketchier but still worthwhile. I'd recommend the book for anyone interested in the past and possible future of urban design.
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Urban Design 101 and much more 19 mai 2014
Par bernie - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I am sure this book was designed as an introduction to urban design. It has all the structure of a text book. There is a plethora of design layouts and actual photograph spanning the history of photographs. Each chapter has notes at the end of that chapter; this makes it convenient for the hard copy. Hopefully when a kindle or online version is made it will be "X-Ray: Enabled" or have hyperlinks to notes and newer material." The photographs are mostly monochrome with some exceptions. The writing is excellent, however you will need to learn a few acronyms and be familiar with a few institutions.

The book has three authors. At the time of this review Oliver Gillham, AIA is deceased. Yet his influence is still present in this book.

The book does not have to be read from front to back. However if you skip around you will need to first be familiar with:
The Congrès internationaux d'architecture moderne - CIAM (International Congresses of Modern Architecture) was an organization founded in 1928 and disbanded in 1959, responsible for a series of events and congresses arranged around the world by the most prominent architects of the time, with the objective of spreading the principles of the Modern Movement focusing in all the main domains of architecture (such as landscape, urbanism, industrial design, and many others).

The CIAM plays a big part in this book that shows international Urban Design.

I found it great fun to peruse by first looking at a few cities and structures that I am familiar with (including their history.) After reading the introduction I skipped to some of my favorite cities. I could not help but laugh reading about how designer Victor Gruen had a 1956 plan for urban renewal of Ft. Worth but Texas would not spring for Any Federal money. He evidently did not understand the mind-set of Texas. There are no recent pictures or plans of Ft. Worth's water garden or subway. Just a note: I was living in Ft. Worth in 1956.

There is also a good bit of information on LA (Los Angeles) including the famous riverbed that housed giant ants in the movie "Them!" (1954.) Mia Lehrer + Associates planned to make a garden spot of the river. Note: the river is just a cement viaduct. Yet I spent some time exploring it with friends in the late 50's.

I could go on; however it is time whether from an urban design, historical or just curious nature about cities around the world, it is time for you to purchases this book to fill a curiosity that you do not realize you have.

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Urban Design for an Urban Century 3 juillet 2014
Par Gaby at Starting Fresh blog - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I'm not a student of urban design but have grown curious after having living in the "walking cities" of Boston, Philadelphia and NYC. Urban Design for an Urban Century discusses the history of urban design as a concept, the trends both in the past and present as well as different factors that make certain areas livable and attractive. I found particularly interesting the details and examples of works that were particularly influential. The authors give a good grounding in the material without becoming dry or overwhelming the reader with information.

The book's Table of Contents and Index are sufficiently detailed that the reader can search for the specific areas (Boston's South End) or by building or designer/planner/architects.
Clear, nuanced, and filled with a lot of historical examples. 30 juin 2014
Par C.J. Hustwick - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is a very thorough and fascinating study of the challenges American (and worldwide) cities face as they seek to modernize in a post-industral and decentralized 21st Century. The authors make the point that it's not enough just to emulate the civic examples of centuries past (as the Florentines attempted to do with Rome, only to wind up creating an entirely new paradigm), and that concepts such as "walkability" are not at odds with urban density. I also appreciated the clear distinction made between a lot of developments / buildings which are in vogue that tout themselves as "development" when in reality they are nothing much more than objects d'art or worse. I wish more of the photographs had been in color but that's a minor gripe. All in all, an outstanding book. Down with "Edge Cities"!
great textbook and interesting for students of urban design 26 juin 2014
Par Gene Bowker - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The only reason I didn't give this 5 stars is that I thought the introduction to urban design drug on. Once I got past that section, the rest of the book was full of great examples and case studies of how to improve the liveability of our cities. The text is easy to read and the authors really seem to know their stuff.
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