The Genealogy of Cities

The Genealogy of Cities
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Genealogy of Cities is an astonishing body of work, a remarkable process of research and redrawing that has made accessible over 1000 city plans - all of which presents a resource that can not fail to impress upon seasoned academics and practitioners – invaluable, to all those about to embark on... continue

18 Jan 2010RUDI Publications

Design Quality in New Housing: Learning from the Netherland's
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By Matthew Cousins | Published by Taylor & Francis | 2008 167pp ISBN 978-0415447706 Review by Oliver Spratley Design Quality in New Housing - Learning from the Netherland’s provides an irresistible range of case studies. A prevalent Dutch design paradigm is showcased and set alongside some of... continue

23 Mar 2009RUDI Publications
Book review: Identity By Design

Book review: Identity By Design
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ISBN-13:978-0-75-064767-0   Identity By Design Published by Architectural Press, 2007 Why... continue

13 Mar 2009RUDI Publications

Designing the City of Reason: Foundations and Frameworks
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Published by Routledge, 2007 342pp ISBN 978-0415420921 Review by Oliver Spratley Ali Madanipour draws on his wealth of knowledge and on broad bibliographic source to elucidate "connected thought and connected action" that has come to shape the 'city of reason'. Human quest for understanding and... continue

13 Mar 2009RUDI Publications

RMJM Inside Out Outside in: More Than Architecture
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Black Dog Publishing, 2006 Inside Out Outside In celebrates the 50th anniversary of architects RMJM. But this book is far more than just a piece of PR for the practice. It sets out to show the workings of RMJM from the inside out - and the unique contribution of its personalities - writing from... continue

6 Jun 2007RUDI Publications

New Public Spaces
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Sarah Gaventa, London, Mitchell Beazley, 2006 This is a generously illustrated survey of urban spaces completed in the present century. As such it provides a very clear break with the 20th century image of planted, symmetrical ‘squares’ or the contrived afterthoughts surrounding faceless office... continue

14 May 2007RUDI Publications

Designing the Seaside: Architecture, Society and Nature
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Fred Gray, Reaktion Books, 2006 Anyone wanting a insight into what makes British seaside towns really special in terms of architecture and design will find Fred Gray’s new book, Designing the Seaside, a useful guide. For an urban designer or planner looking for inspiration the book is worth having... continue

18 Apr 2007RUDI Publications

Architects Without Frontiers: War, Reconstruction and Design Responsibility
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Esther Charlesworth, Architectural Press Elsevier, Oxford and Burlington, 2006 The promise of this book is profound: to highlight the mono-dimensional physical-focus of architect’s minds and offering a new vision of architects and design professional as 'mobile and collaborative agents' outside... continue

10 Apr 2007RUDI Publications

Designing for cyclists: a guide to good practice
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A useful guide for anyone in the UK concerned with improving cycling facilities: designers, engineers, planners and developers. Essentially the guide is a simplification of national guidelines and provides both examples and statements of principle. Best read in conjunction with more comprehensive... continue

9 Oct 2006RUDI Publications

The Connected City, by Rob Cowan
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The Connected City: Introduction"Ideas about how cities can be made to work have progressed in recent years. We know the importance of creating partnerships between sectors, of professions working together, of planning for sustainable development, and of applying the art of urban design.But... continue

18 May 2006RUDI Publications

Urban Design Guidance
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Urban Design Guidance by Rob Cowan. Amid a a great deal of confusion about what design guidance is, how it should be prepared, what clients expect, what services consultants offer, and what resources are required, this guide focuses on the detail, spelling out exactly what local authorities might... continue

27 Apr 2006RUDI Publications

Better Homes, Greener Cities
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Alan W.Evans and Oliver Marc Hartwich - Policy Exchange/ Localis 2006 Reviewed by Alex Marsh Challenges to the existence of the established planning system need to be debated. Jane Jacobs challenged the system in the late 1950s and, 50 years on, many of her ideas are integrated into the... continue

21 Dec 2005RUDI Publications

Everyday Spaces
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Pauline Gallacher, Thomas Telford, 2006 Pauline Gallacher’s book is a ‘must-have’ companion for urban designers as the lessons learnt from the careful improvement of everyday spaces in Glasgow’s working class suburbs, have far reaching applications. Looking with hindsight on one’s own projects can... continue

20 Nov 2005RUDI Publications

The Code of the City: Standards and the Hidden Language of Place Making (Urban & Industrial Environments)
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Eran Ben-Joseph, Cambridge Mass, MIT Press, 2005 In the UK, we are tentatively experimenting with design codes as a means to raise the quality of new housing; in the US they are a well established mainstay of the New Urbanist toolkit. Today ‘codes’ of one sort or another control almost every... continue

25 Oct 2005RUDI Publications

Indigenous Modernities: Negotiating Architecture, Urbanism, and Colonialism in Delhi (Architext)
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Jyoti Hosagrahar, Routledge, 2005 Delhi must be one of the most interesting case studies in the history of urban design. This book is authored by one who grew up in New Delhi and explored the ‘Old’ Delhi while a student of planning and architecture. The ‘modernities’ referred to in the title are... continue

20 Oct 2005RUDI Publications

Adapting Buildings and Cities for Climate Change: A 21st Century Survival Guide
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Sue Roaf, David Crichton and Fergus Nicol, Architectural Press, 2005 For those who take the threat of climate change seriously, Adapting Buildings and Cities for Climate Change is a must. The book compounds the expertise of a designer, an insurance practitioner and a researcher into building... continue

5 Jun 2005RUDI Publications

Recombinant Urbanism: Conceptual Modeling in Architecture, Urban Design and City Theory
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David Grahame Shane, John Wiley and Sons, 2005 This will become the first "cult" book in the field of city design since Learning From Las Vegas by Venturi, Scott Brown and Izenour, published 35 years ago. It will be controversial for some of the same reasons but also because the designer, this... continue

5 Jun 2005RUDI Publications

Prefabulous Homes: The New Housebuilding Agenda
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David Birkbeck and Andrew Scoones, Constructing Excellence, 2005 This book publishes the results of a programme of seminars and site visits started in 2002 by the Housing Forum, Design for Homes and the Building Centre which were led by recognised practitioners in the field - architects,... continue

5 Jan 2005RUDI Publications

The Dictionary of Urbanism
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Robert Cowan, Illustrated by Lucinda Rogers, Streetwise Press, 2005 How do you review a dictionary? You look at difficult words to see if they are there; you look at your favourites and check whether you agree with the descriptions; you check for inclusiveness and for clarity. Rob Cowan’s new opus... continue

5 Jan 2005RUDI Publications

Design First: Design-based Planning for Communities
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David Walters and Linda Louise Brown, Architectural Press, 2005 Two expressions emerge from this work: ‘smart growth’ and ‘charettes’. Their use both intrigues and infuriates. Overall the message from this Anglo-American team is one with which any urban designer will have sympathy; the authors are... continue

5 Jan 2005RUDI Publications

Designing Better Buildings: Quality and Value in the Built Environment
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Sebastian Macmillan (ED), Spon Press, 2005 Contrary to the impression given by the title, this is not a technical handbook addressed at the construction industry. It deals with the role of the client, the effect of design on the end users, the value added by quality, and it attempts both to give... continue

5 Jan 2005RUDI Publications

Changing Cities: Rethinking Urban Competitiveness, Cohesion and Governance (Cities Texts)
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Eds. Nick Buck, Ian Gordon, Alan Harding and Ivan Turock, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke and New York, 2005, Edited by four professors, and with no less than 10 among the 21 contributors, this a compilation drawn mainly from the Cities: Competitiveness and Cohesion research programme of the UK... continue

5 Jan 2005RUDI Publications

Assessing Building Performance
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Preiser, Wolfgang and Vischer, Jaqueline (eds.), Elseiver, 2005 Francis Duffy's foreword starts and finishes with comments addressed to architects: 'Why have architects talked about the assessment of building performance for so long and yet have been so slow to do anything about it?' and 'This... continue

5 Jan 2005RUDI Publications

Unaffordable Housing: Fables and Myths
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Policy Exchange, London, 2005 A lit touchpaper - or a damp squib? At last - the prospect of a really good, rip-roaring read devoted to planning! As David Curry MP describes in the foreword: 'They [the writers] will cause eaves to tremble throughout the Home Counties and beyond…let us look forward... continue

31 Dec 2004RUDI Publications

Manchester: Shaping the City
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Ian McDonald, RIBA Enterprises with Manchester City Council, 2004 It may have been the slower pace of urban change, or the belief that a planned, accountable, design for policy and implementation was essential? Whatever the reason, there was a time when we wanted to know why and how things... continue

31 Dec 2004RUDI Publications

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