Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

  • List Price: $95.00
  • Save: $30.76 (32%)
Only 6 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
The Language of Towns & C... has been added to your Cart
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Very Good | Details
Sold by bellwetherbooks
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Very Good Condition and Unread! Text is clean and unmarked! Small tear to dust jacket. Has a small black line on bottom/exterior edge of pages. PA Sales Tax is included in purchase price. Tracking is not available for orders shipped outside of the United States.
Trade in your item
Get a $15.97
Gift Card.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

The Language of Towns & Cities: A Visual Dictionary Hardcover – November 16, 2010

4.3 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$64.24
$54.89 $42.37

The Numberlys Best Books of the Year So Far
$64.24 FREE Shipping. Only 6 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Frequently Bought Together

  • The Language of Towns & Cities: A Visual Dictionary
  • +
  • Public Places Urban Spaces
Total price: $124.34
Buy the selected items together


Editorial Reviews

Review

The Language of Towns & Cities: A Visual Dictionary" by Rob Krier As a boy, I used to passionately peruse the pages of Larousse , Brockhaus or Herder s Volkslexikon from my grandfather s bookcase and felt as though I was holding all the knowledge in the world right there in my hands. Topics followed one another in a colorful mix of rich illustrations. The alphabet skipped across the subject fields, not rounding off chapters as textbooks do, but instead stringing together with cheery exuberance everything worth knowing. One experiences the same joy of surprise the first time one leafs through Dhiru Thadani s book. At first one thinks, Oh, an encyclopedia! before one realizes that this would require an edition of several volumes. It remains succinct and tightly gathered, delivering food for thought for young and old, for scholars, students and specialized professionals; it s simultaneously informative and critical and is sometimes almost morally didactic, as Dhiru treats his subject from the standpoint of a responsible teacher and enlightener. His subject is not a manual for the care and repair of a machine, but instead deals with the technique of housing man in cities: an eminently caring mission. Apart from historical information about cities, such as Rome, Paris, Pienza, Chandigarh, New Delhi or Hong Kong, there are typological and morphological chronicles of town squares and streets, right up to details of street crossings, traffic circles and paving patterns, terraced houses, passages and arcades everything that s beautiful, arranged in alphabetical order. There is no lack of biographies for distinguished urban planners, such as Daniel Burnham, landscape architect Olmsted, or the metropolitan planner and statesman, Jefferson and, equally, for urban critics and writers, such as Jane Jacobs and Lewis Mumford. He provides explanations and design guidance for entire urban figures, such as Poundbury, Arcosanti, Auroville, Brandevoort or Seaside and exemplifies the hierarchical order of centers, suburbs and districts, naming the built contemporary models. He is not shy of interlacing values and ponders both the fashionable and serious trends of present-day urban architecture. In doing so, this book does not become bogged down in its lexical function, but instead also has a constructive and critically instructive appeal. It s more than just a handbook, it is a guide. Rob Krier Berlin, April 2010 (Translation from German: Cathal Whelehan) --Rob Krier

About the Author

Dhiru A. Thadani is a practicing architect and teacher who has worked in North and South America, Europe, and Asia, in urban design, town planning, architectural design, landscape design, and construction management.

Léon Krier is a renowned architect who has taught architecture and town planning at the Royal College of Art, London; Princeton University; Yale University; and the University of Virginia.

Andrés Duany is one of America’s most influential architects and town planners.
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

The latest book club pick from Oprah
"The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead is a magnificent novel chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. See more

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 781 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli; 1st edition (November 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847834867
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847834860
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 2.6 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #412,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I am trained as a Landscape Architect and Urban Designer, this book (though I have just barley gotten into it, it is HUGE) is a wealth of info that is applicable at many scales and across many disciplines and all students of design (both literally students and professionals who like to gain knowledge) would be well served from this book. Great images wide variety of topics great for LA's, Arch's, UD's, Planner's... everyone should own this.
Comment 4 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is full of important language and images. It is such a large book that I feel having 2 volumes would have been much more appropriate---even with a cost slightly higher for the extra binding. Separate volumes would have made this book much more accessible vs. sitting down with a 12 pound book on your lap.

Get the book, check out all of the great work Thadani put into it--- and use your desk.
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I began with the A Streets and in 3 days I found myself at Zeitgeist. I couldn't put it down. The graphics and photographs are precise demonstrations of the text. I could feel the love you have for the built environment emanate from the informative descriptions, innovative suggestions and warm reflections of your experiences in these places. Congratulations again on your salient work of form, composition and enlightenment on the built environment.
Comment 7 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is for students of urban design and regional planning, architects and developers, and those with a need to refresh their knowledge before a public hearing. Competently written with many supporting graphics. Have a table near by though; it's heavy and big.
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
Dhiru Thadani's book is truly a masterpiece. He has taken a visual "language' we are all familiar with and articulated
it in a way which provides the platform for us to have meaningful conversations about urban design and the built environment
and the critical issues facing us all today.
Comment 11 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
A huge book which is highly detailed with thousands of images. Being well organised, it is easy to pick up and read for 5 minutes or a couple of hours
Comment 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

The Language of Towns & Cities: A Visual Dictionary
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway
This item: The Language of Towns & Cities: A Visual Dictionary

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?