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Designing Cities: Critical Readings in Urban Design 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0631235040
ISBN-10: 0631235043
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Designing Cities is the first reader to be published in the thriving field of urban design. It has been assembled to appeal to a broad range of readers interested in how the design of cities comes about. The volume has been carefully structured to help students gain an understanding of the theoretical context from which urban design has emerged. At the same time, it promotes a particular theoretical paradigm, suggesting that urban design is best viewed as a branch of spatial political economy. The selection of articles advances this idea as far as possible, both in its organization and in its content. The reader includes work from the past 30 years by such world famous authors as Manuel Castells and David Harvey, as well as writing by lesser known scholars which deserves a wider audience. The overall organization of the book is carefully explained in relation to the subject matter by the editor.

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Designing Cities is the first reader to be published in the thriving field of urban design. It has been assembled to appeal to a broad range of readers interested in how the design of cities comes about.

The volume has been carefully structured to help students gain an understanding of the theoretical context from which urban design has emerged. At the same time, it promotes a particular theoretical paradigm, suggesting that urban design is best viewed as a branch of spatial political economy. The selection of articles advances this idea as far as possible, both in its organization and in its content.

The reader includes work from the past 30 years by such world famous authors as Manuel Castells and David Harvey, as well as writing by lesser known scholars which deserves a wider audience. The overall organization of the book is carefully explained in relation to the subject matter by the editor.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (January 31, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0631235043
  • ISBN-13: 978-0631235040
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.9 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,677,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Katie Mckain on September 16, 2009
Format: Paperback
The book is great, in perfect condition as promised. But I got expedited shipping since this book was for class...and the fastest they had was 4-8 days....well, it was promised at least by 8 days, and it came about 14 days after processed.

When I tried to check the tracking on it, I couldn't, I could only check that it was "supposed to arrive on or before sept 8", but never the official tracking notification.

I was severely disappointed.
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Format: Paperback
This book is not good as I hope, I have the book: City reader before so it was a bad dicission to buy this book afterward. The city reader book is much much better!!! However this book has covered most of the main components of city design! That's all.
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