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The topic of streets and street design is of compelling interest today as public officials, developers, and community activists seek to reshape urban patterns to achieve more sustainable forms of growth and development. Streets and the Shaping of Towns and Cities traces ideas about street design and layout back to the early industrial era in London suburbs and then on through their institutionalization in housing and transportation planning in the United States. It critiques the situation we are in and suggests some ways out that are less rigidly controlled, more flexible, and responsive to local conditions. Originally published in 1997, this edition includes a new introduction that addresses topics of current interest including revised standards from the Institute of Transportation Engineers; changes in city plans and development standards following New Urbanist, Smart Growth, and sustainability principles; traffic calming; and ecologically oriented street design.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781559639163
ISBN-10: 1559639164
Format: Paperback
(241mm x 197mm x 14mm)
Pages: 185
Imprint: Island Press
Publisher: Island Press
Publish Date: 30-Apr-2003
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Michael Southworth

Michael Southworth is professor of city design and planning at the University of California, Berkeley.Eran Ben-Joseph is assistant professor of landscape architecture and planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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