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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 184 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press; 1st ed., 1st Ptg edition (February 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262017334
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262017336
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 7.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #374,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Parking spaces clumped in lots shape this rigorous analysis of open space. In ReThinking a Lot, Ben-Joseph explores this potentially powerful, sustainable terrain, anchoring much more than cars."--John Stilgoe, Harvard University



"In ReThinking a Lot, Eran Ben-Joseph convincingly urges the need to bring sound design to a ubiquitous, usually negative, environmental feature: the surface parking lot. Ben-Joseph understands design too well to offer a formula for improvement over a vast diversity of conditions. What he does offer is the courage to address a neglected opportunity for design excellence and to provide discussion and examples that facilitate such design."--Stanford Anderson, Professor, Department of Architecture, MIT



"Parking--perhaps the most disruptive and nonproductive component of our contemporary landscapes--is in this book finally represented in all its manifestations both analytically and poetically, with a challenge to designers to 'rethink' the integration of cars and the critical space they occupy in urban systems."--Rahul Mehrotra, Professor and Chair, Department of Urban Planning and Design, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University



"As residual and mundane spaces of everyday life, parking lots have not captured the attention of urban designers until now. Eran Ben-Joseph sets out to correct this significant oversight. Very well illustrated, concise, and clear, this book provides a rich cultural history of these overlooked urban settings. It also effectively shows that with creative design and policy, cities can indeed turn their ugly lots into 'modest paradises.'"--Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris, Professor, UCLA Department of Urban Planning



"The book is sturdy and handsome with useful notes and bibliography."--C.W.Westfall, Choice



"...[T]he depth of research into the topic and the presentation of it in a lot of context and history make it a truly useful addition to your library." -- Urban Tick

About the Author

Eran Ben-Joseph has worked as a city planner and urban designer in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and the United States. Professor of Landscape Architecture and Planning at MIT, he is the author of The Code of the City (MIT Press) and coauthor of Streets and the Shaping of Towns and Cities and RENEW Town.

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If this doesn't start you thinking of better ways to use our shrinking open land, you are not paying attention, you heathen.
There is only so much fresh water available; evaporation/condensation/rain equals reservoirs and run-off. Run-off goes to lakes and oceans, and do you know what is in that run-off? All the debris that has collected in the paved places, industrial, farm and commercial wastes, exhaust particles from vehicles, rubber bits from tires, cigarettes, gum wrappers, used Kleenex and other stuff to disgusting to list. And when it hits the ocean it is ingested by marine organisms where it enters the food chain. Are you thinking yet? Consider permeable paving, public transport, car-pooling, after hour and multiple use standards for parking lots, solar arrays and other neat stuff that you can learn by reading this book. And thinking. Get on it.

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The book gives us a broad view on the implications of using cars as a personal mobility medium. Unfortunately, as far as these enormous and ugly spaces - the parking lots - are considered, is not enough to plant trees, increase shadow areas, cover them with solar cells to generate energy, reduce CO2 generation and mitigate runoff and heat island effects: rethinking lots means seriously rethinking the use of private cars as a prevalent form of transportation. From thermodynamics considerations, parking lots are intrinsically inefficient structures as they collect intrinsically inefficient machines on the same spot in the end of the dissipation process.
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By Corey T on February 15, 2013
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The text was entertaining and raised a many questions about parking design today. Book came in great condition to read.
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4 of 9 people found the following review helpful By chips on April 27, 2012
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this book expresses the idea that parking lots should have secondary, humanist principals. i think it will have a major influence on the design of parking.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Collins on November 24, 2012
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ReThinking a Lot: The Design and Culture of Parking " Re-thinking a Lot" a new look at parking and adapting to other uses. Especially useful inurban re-newal activies. Well illistrated.
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