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The Urban and Regional Planning Reader (Routledge Urban Reader Series) [Hardcover]

Eugénie Birch
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February 12, 2009 0415319978 978-0415319973

The Urban and Regional Planning Reader draws together the very best of classic and contemporary writings to illuminate the planning of cities and metropolitan areas. Forty-seven generous selections include contributions from Lewis Mumford, Jane Jacobs, Ian McHarg, Paul Davidoff, Charles Harr, Susan Fainstein and Charles J. Hoch through to Timothy Beatley; Jonathan Barnett, Alex Garvin, Tom Daniels, Andres Duany and Barbara Faga. The variety and wide selection of readings offers one of the most innovative amalgamations of planning research and practice.

The Reader lays out the context, range of concerns, history, methods and key topics for twenty-first century urban and regional planning. Sections on the world of planning, history and theory, classic readings, practice and current issues include writings with a focus on the distribution of space and place, essays on housing, transportation design, environment, community development, the effects of cultural diversity and information technology on land use and other topics. It displays the techniques used to direct and control growth, including zoning, master planning, public budgeting and citizen participation. It explores different types of plans distinguished by their scale and reference type. It references analytical and presentation techniques and outlines ethical issues confronting planners.

This Urban and Regional Planning Reader provides an essential resource, for students of planning, drawing together important but widely dispersed writings and the associated bibliography is a resource which enables deeper investigations. The synthesis is also valuable for lecturers and researches in the area and the pertinent editorial commentaries preceding each entry not only demonstrate its significance, but also outline the issue surrounding the topic.


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"Educators unfamiliar with Routledge’s Urban Reader series will find The Urban and Regional Planning Reader to be a refreshing collection for introductory planning classes. Birch’s reader goes beyond the typical compilation of articles organized by topic and introduced by short prefaces to become a truly artful anthology of seminal and forward-looking writings about urban and regional planning."  Journal of the American Planning Association, March 2010

 

"[Birch] should be commended for navigating such a broad field to assemble this generally representative survey."—Michael R. Glass, Urban Studies Program, University of Pittsuburgh, in The Pennsylvania Geographer 48, 1

About the Author

Eugenie L Birch FAICP, Lawrence C. Nussdorf Professor of Urban Research and Education, Department of City and Regional Planning, School of Design, University of Pennsylvania.


Product Details

  • Series: Routledge Urban Reader Series
  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (February 12, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415319978
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415319973
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,737,085 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Decent, for the most part. November 12, 2010
By zerbekw
Format:Hardcover
I use this book, along with The City Reader, in one of my classes. It provides a decent foundation with pieces by many of the classic urbanists and early planners, and that's important. However, many of the articles I find repeating each other in general theme, so when one is assigned multiple readings using this text the readings can feel tedious. Also, none of the articles (as far as I know) are complete versions of the author's original piece, making the selected portions feel weaker and often out of context. Hopefully a revised edition will find the editors including more of the original pieces. Overall, the book is a decent one if all you want is something to lay a basic foundation for urban planning. Anything more than that, and you may find it beneficial to find the original writings featured in the book. The City Reader is a better reader with many of the same authors, so I would recommend picking that up over this one.
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