The New Urbanism: Toward an Architecture of Community the New Urbanism: Toward an Architecture of Community
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The New Urbanism: Toward an Architecture of Community the New Urbanism: Toward an Architecture of Community

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The move to liveable communities--ideal small towns'' and neighborhoods where people work, live, play, and walk from place to place--is on. Profit from what a visionary group of architects leading this movement has learned about designing new small towns'' in Peter Katz's The New Urbanism. You'll discover the amazing potential for this kind of work as well as case studies,...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 1st 1993 by McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
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This book looks at a new architectural/urban planning trend toward trying to make communities more traditional and livable. The book profiles a number of communities that have been designed according to these principles. I found the book to be too detailed for the general reader, although it would probably work well for a professional architect.
Jim Dressner
The book chronicles attempts to provide a view on "New Urbanism", which is basically a return to older town planning principles of mixed use, higher density housing, pedestrian scale, and priority of public over private. The majority of the book is case studies, with a fair amount of detail about design intentions and the building codes for making it happen. Unfortunately, most of case studies were of projects that had not been built at the time of publication. The essays at the beginning and en...more
Oct 22, 2007 Kj rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: engineers
Shelves: non-fiction
This is such a thorough book about our built environment (think houses, stores, streets, etc.) and how we can change development patterns in positive ways. It's a classic in the planning field, but I think it's worth a wider audience.
Joe Alcock
If you are trying to learn any of the thoughts and principals about New Urbanism, I would say look elsewhere. I would equate this to a grandma's brag book, light on facts and details and heavy on pictures and stories.
Changed my life in the most unexpected ways. HIGHLY recommended if you're interested in architecture, urban planning, and new solutions for the way we inhabit this earth.
Satitiwikan sunowo
this book is one of the reason i fall in love with urban amazing example of what a community should be designed.
Chris Watkins
Loved the clear examples, the photographs and plans, and the introductions to key thinkers like Peter Calthorpe.
this book is coffee table material at best. nice to see Providence Downcity get a shout out, though.
I want to live in a TOD!
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