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Fifty years ago a landmark conference at Harvard University established urban design as a distinct architectural and planning practice. Today, with the world’s urban population surpassing three billion people, urban design has become more crucial than ever. Indeed, the concerns that initially brought leading architects and city planners together—including concerns over sprawl, pollution, and aging infrastructure—have only intensified over the past half century. In Urban Design, Alex Krieger and William S. Saunders have assembled prominent figures in architecture, planning, and landscape design to look back on the evolution of the discipline of urban design; assess the current state of the field; and anticipate the challenges posed by the unprecedented rate of urbanization, particularly in the developing world, and how the profession will need to adapt in order to confront them. The volume opens with excerpts from transcripts of the 1956 Harvard conference followed by essays that contextualize and critique its assumptions and ambitions. Subsequent essays address such topics as the social conscience of urban design and stake out the competing sensibilities in the field, from New Urbanism to avant-garde. As humanity becomes an urban species to a degree that was unimaginable fifty years ago, this comprehensive volume seeks to encourage today’s designers to draw on the energy and messy vitality of cities in shaping tomorrow’s urban environments. Contributors: Jonathan Barnett, Denise Scott Brown, Joan Busquets, Kenneth Greenberg, John Kaliski, Timothy Love, Fumihiko Maki, Richard Marshall, Eric Mumford, Michelle Provoost, Peter G. Rowe, Edward W. Soja, Richard M. Sommer, Michael Sorkin, Emily Talen, Marilyn Jordan Taylor, Wouter Vanstiphout, Charles Waldheim.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Introduction: An Urban Frame of Mind
  2. pp. vii-xx
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  1. Origins of an Urban Design Sensibility
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. The First Urban Design Conference: Extracts
  2. pp. 3-14
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  1. The Emergence of Urban Design in the Breakup of CIAM
  2. pp. 15-37
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  1. The Elusiveness of Urban Design: The Perpetual Problem of Definition and Role
  2. pp. 38-58
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  1. Perspectives on a Half-Century of Urban Design Practice
  2. pp. 59-60
  1. Urban Design at Fifty: A Personal View
  2. pp. 61-87
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  1. Fragmentation and Friction as Urban Threats: The Post-1956 City
  2. pp. 88-100
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  1. The Way We Were, the Way We Are: The Theory and Practice of Designing Cities since 1956
  2. pp. 101-110
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  1. Territories of Urban Design Practice
  2. pp. 111-112
  1. Where and How Does Urban Design Happen?
  2. pp. 113-130
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  1. Defining the Urbanistic Project: Ten Contemporary Approaches
  2. pp. 131-134
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  1. Beyond Centers, Fabrics, and Cultures of Congestion: Urban Design as a Metropolitan Enterprise
  2. pp. 135-152
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  1. Debates about Mandates and Purpose
  2. pp. 153-154
  1. The End(s) of Urban Design
  2. pp. 155-182
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  1. Bad Parenting
  2. pp. 183-185
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  1. Facts on the Ground: Urbanism from Midroad to Ditch
  2. pp. 186-198
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  1. Expanding Roles and Disciplinary Boundaries
  2. pp. 199-200
  1. A Third Way for Urban Design
  2. pp. 201-207
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  1. Urban Design after Battery Park City: Opportunities for Variety and Vitality
  2. pp. 208-226
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  1. The Other ’56
  2. pp. 227-236
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  1. Democracy Takes Command: New Community Planning and the Challenge to Urban Design
  2. pp. 237-252
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  1. Challenges for the Unprecedented Phenomena of Our New Century
  2. pp. 253-254
  1. Designing the Postmetropolis
  2. pp. 255-269
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  1. Unforeseen Urban Worlds: Post-1956 Phenomena
  2. pp. 270-284
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  1. Urban Design Looking Forward
  2. pp. 285-290
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  1. Urban Design Now: A Discussion
  2. pp. 291-326
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 327-330
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 331-368
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780816666478
Related ISBN
9780816656394
MARC Record
OCLC
320841552
Pages
320
Launched on MUSE
2015-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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