- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (October 22, 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0070338892
- ISBN-13: 978-0070338890
- Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 1 x 10.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #870,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The New Urbanism: Toward an Architecture of Community 1st Edition
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The New Urbanism is a movement that seeks to restore a civil realm to urban planning and a sense of place to our communities. It is a tangible response to the failed Modernist planning that has resulted in unchecked suburban sprawl, slavish dependence on the automobile, and the abandonment and decay of our cities. Katz, who heads a marketing and design firm, brings together in this informative and accessible book the voices and case studies of the young architects and planners who practice the New Urbanism--Peter Calthorpe, Andres Duany, and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, among them. They gear their designs to the scale of the pedestrian and seek to promote a symbiotic relationship between urban development and public transportation. An often published example of this movement is the community of Seaside, Florida. Extensively illustrated with plans, diagrams, and color photographs and renderings, this highly instructive book is a must for architecture and urban planning collections, and suitable for general readers.
- Thomas P.R. Nugent, New York
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
. . .informative and accessible. . .the highly instructive book is a must for architecture and urban planning collections, and suitable for the general reader.''
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Enough detail for those who are planners and architects.
Visual. Easy to show someone what mixed use and land use concepts look like.
It's time for a The New Urbanism II.
In the concluding essay, "The Architecture of Community," Vincent Scully writes, "the New Urbanism, so-called, is in large a revival of the Classical and vernacular planning tradition as it existed before International-Style Modernism perverted its methods and objectives."
In an introductory essay, Calthorpe notes, "Recent experiences with 'New Towns' and new growth areas ... have given such developments a bad name. In Europe, with some notable exceptions, new towns are predominantly sterile and suburban in character. In America they are sterile, suburban, and---even worse---economic failures. But the questions remain: Are these qualities inherent or products of a dysfunctional design philosophy? And if new towns could be designed more intelligently, would they be justified or necessary?"
Plater-Zybek and Duany write, "The following are the principles of an ideal neighborhood design: 1) The neighborhood has a center and an edge; 2) The optimal size of a neighborhood is a quarter mile from center to edge; 3) The neighborhood has a balanced mix of activities---dwelling, shopping, working, schooling, worshipping and recreating; 4) The neighborhood structures building sites and traffic on a fine network of interconnecting streets; 5) The neighborhood gives priority to public space and to the appropriate location of civic buildings."
Numerous actual neighborhoods are profiled: e.g., Laguna West, Lake West, Atlantic Center, Downtown Los Angeles, etc.
This is a very enjoyable book for those interested in urban planning or contempoary architecture.