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Time-Saver Standards for Urban Design

byDonald Watson

Hardcover | March 14, 2003

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MAGNIFICENTLY ILLUSTRATED AND INTERNATIONAL IN SCOPE, HERE IS THE DEFINITIVE REFERENCE ON URBAN DESIGN This important addition to the McGraw-Hill Time Saver Standards series is an entirely new, comprehensive,meticulously researched compendium of every aspect of the physical design of cities and other urban places including communities and civic and public places. Featuring articles by authoritative urban design scholars and practitioners, Time-Saver Standards for Urban Design provides a visualand detailed archival record of:* Context of global cities* Classic texts of urban design* Urban design history and design theory* Preservation, renewal, and extension of existing cities* Methods of urban design from regional to pedestrian scale* Sustainable communities* Details and case studies of urban design practiceTime-Saver Standards for Urban Design covers the full-spectrum of allied disciplines such as transportation planning, bioregionalism, storm water management, parking, universal design, urban acoustics, and graphics. It provides a single-source for thekey reference articles on urban design and physical planning of cities, including social, environmental and economic data. This inaugural volume on the topic of urban design in the Time-Saver Standard series is written for easy reference by urban planners and designers, architects, landscape professionals, environmental engineers, civil and transportation engineers, as well as municipal government and planning officials. This soon to be a classic provides a one-volume reference that is indispensablefor urban design policy and practice. It is equally valuable for the urbanstudies educators and students of architecture, urban design and planning.

About The Author

DONALD WATSON, FAIA, is Professor and Dean Emeritus of the School of Architecture, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York and honored as ASCA Distinguished Professor, 2002. His books include Climatic Building Design, co-authored with Kenneth Labs, (McGraw-Hill 1983, revised 1993), recipient of the Best Book in Architecture an...

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Title:Time-Saver Standards for Urban DesignFormat:HardcoverDimensions:960 pages, 11.2 × 8.8 × 1.8 inPublished:March 14, 2003Publisher:McGraw-Hill EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:007068507X

ISBN - 13:9780070685079

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

About the Editors

Acknowledgments

About the Authors

Introduction

Chapter 1: Context of Urbanization

Chapter 2: Classic Texts of Urban Design

Chapter 3: Urban Design History and Theory

Chapter 4: Principles and Practices of Urban Design

Chapter 5: Regional and Urban-Wide Scale

Chapter 6: Elements of the City

Chapter 7: Urban Design Details

Chapter 8: Case Studies in Urban Design

Index

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Excerpts from review by Philip LangdonJudging by its title, you might think Time-Saver Standards for Urban Design would be a source mainly for street widths, sidewalk dimensions, parking ratios, and other matters than can largely be reduced to mathematical calculations. But this six-pound tome with its 960 oversized pages has far broader ambitions. McGraw-Hill calls this volume, "the definitive reference on urban design," and the description doesn't seem to be hyperbole.Donald Watson, former dean of the School of Architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, with help from Alan Plattus of Yale School of Architecture and Robert Shibley of SUNY-Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning, has assembled a volume containing the most significant urban design writings of the past 106 years. And that's just one of the eight sections in this enormous compilation. In addition to twelve classic texts...readers will find dozens of authoritative recent writings on world urbanization, regionalism, neighborhood planning, bikeways, greenways, universal design, outdoor lighting, way finding, acoustic considerations, and seemingly every other aspect of city-shaping.You can flip from key documents of New Urbanism, including the Charter and the Lexicon, to LeCorbusier's (wrongheaded but fascinating) vision of towers and highways, Clarence Stein's The Radburn Idea, Clare Cooper Marcus's sociological analyses of urban plazas and shared outdoor spaces, and case studies of places such as Seattle’s Pike Place Market. History, theory, principles and practice, they’re all here...this is the best single volume I’ve seen, in terms of its ability to explain the entire spectrum of urban design through the words of its most prominent analysts and practitioners. Expand your bookshelf.