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The Code of the City: Standards and the Hidden Language of Place Making
Standards and codes dictate virtually all aspects of urban development. The same standards for subdividing land, grading, laying streets and utilities, and configuring rights-of-way and street widths to accommodate cars (rather than pedestrians) have been adopted in many areas of the world regardless of variations in local environments. In The Code of the City, Eran Ben-J ...more
Paperback, 241 pages
Published November 18th 2005 by MIT Press (MA)
(first published November 1st 2005)
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In The Code of the City, Ben-Joseph discusses how standards and codes have shaped - and ossified - the urban form. That we need building standards and codes is clear; the standards and codes that govern urban development - on sewage management, building materials, land subdivisions, road layouts, etc - have their roots in the pursuit of economic efficiency and public health and safety. What Ben-Joseph is contesting is the prevalence of prescriptive one-size-fits-all codes and standards, as ...more