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Community Design and the Culture of Cities
The Crossroad and the Wall


  • Date Published: February 1991
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521389792


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About the Authors
  • Having perceived a widespread failure of most community-scale plans, Eduardo Lozano has created a large and humane vision for community design, geared towards urban planners and designers, as well as those concerned with the communities of the future. Lozano strives to unify theory and practice, seeing that design at community scale is a relatively new responsibility for professionals and seeing the need for an awareness of the systemic nature of urban design. He also highlights relevant lessons from historical examples in order to rediscover the community design métier forgotten after the Industrial Revolution. The author relies on interdisciplinary studies, drawing from biology, ecology, and political science, as well as from history for his fascinating study. Throughout the book there is an emphasis on the interrelationship of design and culture-society, technology, institutions, and values. There is also a stress on the need for an agenda for political and cultural change. The audience for Community Design and the Culture of Cities goes beyond designers and planners to include urban sociologists, anthropologists, historians, and political scientists.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 1991
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521389792
    • length: 356 pages
    • dimensions: 263 x 185 x 29 mm
    • weight: 0.972kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I:
    1. Cities today
    2. The traditions in community design, or the professional as a newcomer
    3. Urban form as pattern, pattern as combination of typologies
    Part II:
    4. Below the urban surface, or how urban systems, organised in complex hierarchies, are the roots of urban form
    5. Cities in evolution, or how growth and change guide urban form in time
    6. Urban scale, or how urban form, size and function are interrelated through growth
    Part III:
    7. Land use in cities, or how segregation and homogeneity have threatened the social ecology of urban areas
    8. Density in communities, or the most important factor in building up urbanity
    9. Distribution in cities, or a key to reconstituting the culture of cities
    Part IV:
    10. The design roots in traditional settlements
    11. The pluralistic form of traditional communities: combination and interface
    12. Visual phenomena and movement through traditional settlements: orientation and variety
    Symbolism epilogue: An agenda for action.

  • Author

    Eduardo E. Lozano

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