Design of Cities: Revised Edition (A Penguin book) Revised Edition

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"Edmund Bacon had greater impact on the planning and development of his hometown [Philadelphia] than any individual except Robert Moses in New York and Daniel Burnham in Chicago. Like Burnham, he had created a noble, logical diagram that had the power to stir the blood."
—Alexander Garvin, The American City

"Stunning illustrations . . . extraoridinarily lucid plans . . . A breakthrough in beautiful art book making."
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About the Author

Edmund N. Bacon was born in Philadelphia and studied architecture at Cornell University and at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, under Eliel Saarinen. In 1938, after two years as a city planner in Flint, Michigan, Mr. Bacon became managing director of the Philadelphia Planning Commission from 1949 until his retirement in 1970. Under his leadership Philadeplphia became engaged in a continuous program of restoration and rebuilding that has become famous around the world. In 1971 Mr. Bacon was awarded the American Institute of Planners Distinguished Service Award for his innovations and achievements as Director of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission.
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  • Series: A Penguin book
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Revised edition (May 20, 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140042369
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140042368
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.7 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #583,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. Brown on January 4, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is my favorite book on urban design....how cities work, history of city design, and the key elements that make a city exciting, livable, and functional. A key insight of Mr. Bacon is the potential for the integration of various movement systems (train, car, pedestrian, etc.), and the vitality possible at the intersections and nodes of those systems.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kieran D on June 7, 2008
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This book is an excellent introduction to the nature of urban design.

It illustrates, in a concise and simple way, most of the major interventions in urban design beginning with early settlements, and finishing with modern cities. E.G the route to the Acropolis, the extension of the garden of Versailles, the reorientation of Georgian London.

Every point is explained clearly using great plans, sections and photographs.

The book features many references to the conceptual sketches of artist Paul Klee, which Bacon uses as comparisons for urban concepts.

This book had a very positive effect on my understanding of architecture and urban design, and i would recommend it to anyone interested in the field.

Bear in mind that it is not a standard history book. It is more light-hearted but that is why i enjoyed it so much.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Miles on February 8, 2008
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A very informative and well designed book. I am currently a grad. student in architecture and the ideas presented in this book are very intriguing. It takes a very practical approach to urban design. If this book were coupled with Jane Jacob's The Death and Life of Great American Cities, one could get two different but relevant viewpoints regarding this very important debate, especially in the wake of Modernism.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Carlos Alvarez on June 7, 2009
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In this classic text on city design Edmund Bacon explains the elements of the new urbanism. I teach architecture and use this text as reference to explain a brief history of urban form and as a model for urban design concepts and drawings because many of its chapters are beautifully illustrated with refined and thoughtful conceptual diagrams that are rich examples for anyone who wants to understand how to design the urban dimension.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peter M on January 12, 2012
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A comprehensive review of historic and contemporary urban design strategies complete with wonderful hand drawn, pre CAD, diagrams and sketches with a compelling text written by former Philiadelphia city planner Ed Bacon and several younger urban designers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. I. on March 2, 2009
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What is a space?
How is made of?
What is architecture?

"Design of Cities" is an excellent book about perception, space and architecture.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael Liu on October 27, 2010
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The book is detailed in description and does have nice sketches of examples, however, to understand the design of each city, one must study the simple sketch for a bit and relate back to the text back and forth. Although this may sound natural and may also make me come off as a person who just doesn't like to read, I feel the book could've provided better examples or diagrams. Sometimes a sketch of an urban plan and one colored arrow just doesn't cut it for everyone.
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