Description - The Urban Design Reader by Michael Larice
The Urban Design Reader draws together the very best of classic and contemporary writings to illuminate the theory and practice of urban design. Forty-five generous selections include contributions from Howard, Le Corbusier, Hall and Jacobs through to Davis, Hayden and Gillham. The five part structure guides the reader through the theory and practice of urban design. The reader is firstly introduced to those classic writings that have acted as precursors to late 20th century critical urban design. Section Two introduces pieces that were critical of the built environment in the 1960s and 1970s and then introduces contemporary theories and debates in urban design. The authors in Section Three provide an array of rationales and frameworks for supporting memorable and safe and liveable environments. Section Four explores how specialists have arranged elements in urban design to meet functional needs, provide comfort and enhance a sense of place. The final section examines the professional field of urban design: where urban designers work, what they do, their roles, their fields of knowledge and their educational development.
This book provides an essential resource for students and practitioners of urban design, drawing together important but widely dispersed writings. Section and selection introductions are provided to assist students in understanding where readings come from and how they fit into the larger picture of the field of urban design.
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(246mm x 189mm x mm)
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University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada University of California, Berkeley, USA