Reforming Suburbia

Author: Ann Forsyth
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520937918
Format: PDF, Mobi
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The "new community" movement of the 1960s and 1970s attempted a grand experiment in housing. It inspired the construction of innovative communities that were designed to counter suburbia's cultural conformity, social isolation, ugliness, and environmental problems. This richly documented book examines the results of those experiments in three of the most successful new communities: Irvine Ranch in Southern California, Columbia in Maryland, and The Woodlands in the suburbs of Houston, Texas. Based on new research and interviews with developers, designers, and residents, Ann Forsyth traces the evolution, the successes, and the shortcomings of these experiments in urban innovation. Where they succeeded, in areas such as community identity and open space preservation, they provide support for current "smart growth" proposals. Where they did not, in areas such as housing affordability and transportation choices, they offer important insights for today's planners, designers, developers, civic leaders, and others interested in incorporating new forms of development into their designs.

New City Upon a Hill

Author: Joseph Rocco Mitchell
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 1614230994
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Published in anticipation of Columbia's fortieth anniversary in 2007, this book showcases the history of one of the nation's leading "new towns." Built from the brilliant plan developed by visionary designer James Rouse, Columbia's innovative design is the foundation for a unique community that has thrived for decades and flourishes today.

Designing Small Parks

Author: Ann Forsyth
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0471736805
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Designing Small Parks: A Manual for Addressing Social and Ecological Concerns provides guidelines for building better parks by integrating design criteria with current social and natural science research. Small parks are too often relegated to being the step-child of municipal and metropolitan open space systems because of assumptions that their small size and isolation limits their recreational capacity and makes them ecologically less valuable than large city and county parks. This manual is arranged around twelve topics that represent key questions, contradictions, or tensions in the design of small parks. Topics cover fundamental issues for urban parks, natural systems, and human aspects. Also included are useful case studies with alternative design solutions using three different approaches for integrating research findings into small urban park design.

Privately Owned Public Space

Author: Jerold S. Kayden
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780471362579
Format: PDF, ePub
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Until now, comprehensive, systematic knowledge about this vast collection of public spaces has not existed, either for experts or members of the public. Through words, photographs, scaled site plans, maps, and analysis of newly assembled data, the book examines the history, law, design, and use of the city's privately owned public spaces. Each of the more than 500 spaces is individually discussed to provide far-reaching comparative information about this unique category of public space.

Through Different Eyes

Author: Nancy Selig Amsden
Publisher: Transformation Publishing
ISBN: 9781601660480
Format: PDF
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Nancy Selig Amsden tells her story of growing up in Columbia, Maryland--a planned community developed by James Rouse in the late-1960's that was designed to promote diversity and inclusion. Her book explores how this "utopian" environment impacted her life, as well as provides testimonials from others who have called Columbia home. She highlights what worked in this "grand social experiment," what we can learn from Columbia, and how people of diverse backgrounds and lifestyles truly can live together in peace and harmony. Columbia was ranked the #1 Place to Live in 2016 by Money Magazine.

Critique of Urbanization

Author: Neil Brenner
Publisher: Birkhäuser
ISBN: 3035607958
Format: PDF, ePub
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Urbanization is transforming the planet, within and beyond cities, at all spatial scales. In this book, Neil Brenner mobilizes the tools of critical urban theory to deconstruct some of the dominant urban discourses of our time, which naturalize, and thus depoliticize, the enclosures, exclusions, injustices and irrationalities of neoliberal urbanism. In so doing, Brenner advocates a constant reinvention of the framing categories, methods and assumptions of critical urban theory in relation to the rapidly mutating geographies of capitalist urbanization. Only a theory that is dynamic—which is constantly being transformed in relation to the restlessly evolving social worlds and territorial landscapes it aspires to grasp—can be a genuinely critical theory.

New City Upon a Hill

Author: Joseph R. Mitchell
Publisher: History Press (SC)
ISBN: 9781596290679
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Published in anticipation of Columbia's fortieth anniversary in 2007, this book showcases the history of one of the nation's leading "new towns." Built from the brilliant plan developed by visionary designer James Rouse, Columbia's innovative design is the foundation for a unique community that has thrived for decades and flourishes today.

Designing Planned Communities

Author: Daniel R. Mandelker
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 1450209238
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Designing Planned Communities is a clear statement of the design issues that are critical to creating livable and well-designed planned communities. Professor Mandelker draws on his long experience with planned community and land use regulation to explain the meaning of good design for planned communities. He shows how design concepts for planned communities can be translated into effective design guidance by local governments. Examples of design standards are provided from comprehensive plans, design guidelines, design manuals, and planned community regulations. Throughout Designing Planned Communities, the reader is taken through the complex problems of design regulation to an effective design program that can create planned communities in which we want to live. Planners and lawyers will be interested in what Mandelker has to say about the design issues facing a growing number of planned communities throughout the country. Planning and local government attorneys will find the information about the legality of innovative design plans most interesting and helpful. Mandelker provides examples of localities that have experimented with a variety of design approaches and explores case law that will have an impact on these innovations. Michael Allan Wolf, Professor & Richard E. Nelson Chair in Local Government Law, University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law