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Principles of Urban Structure (Design/science/planning) Paperback – March 1, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-9085940012 ISBN-10: 908594001X

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Product Details

  • Series: Design/science/planning
  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Techne Press (March 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 908594001X
  • ISBN-13: 978-9085940012
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 6.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,768,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is a remarkable book, based on rational insights from science, yet focused intensely on achieving humane urbanism. It should provide much needed guidance to all those who care about cities and are concerned with the human-scaled urbanist project."
~ Susan Parham, INTBAU


"Clear line diagrams and sketches make it easier for the reader, especially if he or she is an architect, to understand the concepts being discussed. I recommend this book to all those who want to know how concepts and ideas from mathematics and physics can be directly relevant to the processes of urbanism."
~ Besim S. Hakim, INTBAU


"Salingaros explains that the 'fractal city' embeds detail and complexity from the largest of scales to the smallest. Probably the most valuable lesson in these pages -- something that permeates just about every essay -- is connectivity."
~ John Hill, A Weekly Dose of Architecture


"Nikos A. Salíngaros está ocupando un lugar imprescindible en la evolución actual de las ideas y el conocimiento sobre arquitectura y urbanismo. Sus teorías sobre las redes urbanas y los nodos de interconexión llevan mucha claridad a la organización de la complejidad." 
~ Rubén Pesci, Ambiente


"I think this is a useful and gentle introduction to ideas about networks in cities. By pulling together his work in this way, Salingaros has done us a service and for those who want to know about new ideas concerning the complexity of cities in terms of networks, this is important reading."
~ Michael Batty, Journal of Urban Design


"...an extremely timely exploration..." AND "...a remarkable book, based on rational insights from science, yet focused intensely on achieving humane urbanism. It should provide much needed guidance to all those who care about cities and are concerned with the human-scaled urbanist project." Susan Parham, Chair Council European Urbanism, on the INTBAU site."

About the Author

Nikos A. Salingaros is professor of mathematics at the University of Texas in San Antonio, and is associated with the faculties of Architecture at Delft University of Technology, the University of Rome III, and the Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Querétaro, Mexico. In addition, he is a consultant for various American New Urbanist projects and for government planners in other countries. Dr. Salingaros is dedicated to teaching and training a new generation of architects and urbanists, bridging the gap between academics and practitioners. His articles and books on architecture and urbanism have been translated into Chinese, French, German, Greek, Italian, Persian, Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish, and other languages.

More About the Author

Nikos A. Salingaros MA PhD is one of the pioneers who are defining the new architecture. This is an innovative and interactive way of conceiving, constructing, and repairing the city. The author of six monographs on architectural and urban design translated into six languages, he is on the forefront of deriving evidence-based rules for the built environment using scientific methods and logic. These rules replace outdated working assumptions that have created dysfunctional urban regions following World-War II. His work links human-scale urbanism is to developing architectural movements such as P2P Urbanism, the Network City, Biophilic Design, Self-built Housing, Generative Codes, and Sustainable Architecture. A collaborative scientific approach supersedes the century-long practice where an "expert" urbanist determines the form of the build environment based upon improvable and "secret" rules, which are often nothing more than images and ideologies.

Dr. Salingaros collaborated with the visionary architect and software pioneer Christopher Alexander, helping to edit the four-volume "The Nature of Order" during its twenty-five-year gestation. In recognition of his efforts to understand architecture using scientific thinking, Salingaros was awarded the first grant ever for research on architecture by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation in 1997. He is a member of the INTBAU College of Traditional Practitioners and is on the INTBAU Committee of Honor. He was one of the "50 Visionaries who are Changing Your World" selected by the UTNE Reader in 2008. In Planetizen's 2009 survey, he was ranked 11th among "The Top Urban Thinkers of All Time". Salingaros is the author of over 120 scientific papers. Both an artist and scientist, he is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Texas at San Antonio, and is also on the architecture faculty of Università di Roma Tre, Italy and the Tecnologico de Monterrey, Campus Queretaro, Mexico.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. Williams on February 28, 2007
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Nikos Salingaros is moving the field of urbanism to a new and more complete understanding of the urban landscape. The articles in this book present clear ideas of complex issues in a manner that is accessible to anyone that has ever read anything on urban theory. The concepts can and should be employed by anyone concerned with the planning, design, and management of an urban landscape. Highly recommended to students, professors, and practitioners in architecture, urban design, landscape architecture, and planning.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Danielle A. Touma on March 28, 2007
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The most relevant and significant ideas pertaining to planning and design today. Salingaros discusses concepts that are necessarily fundamental to a successful and responsible structure of the urban form. His work establishes guidelines that are progressive but highly rational and that I wish my own formal planning and design education focused more on rather than on principles that now seem out of date. Principles of Urban Structure sets the frame of mind from which any student or professional should approach their work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chris on February 23, 2008
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I first read Nikos Salingaros many years ago via his web site and was very moved by his work. In this book he presents valuable and important information to help us create better urban spaces and buildings. The key here is that the information is practical and useable. This is in contrast with most architectural theory work, which are more about the intellectual journey of the authors than architecture as medium to serve people. Salingaros presents design principles and ideas grounded in actual needs of human beings rather than ego based artistic pretensions.
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