City Design

9781138899339Jonathan Barnett, 2016 – Routledge. 

City Design: Modernist, Traditional, Green and Systems Perspectives describes the history and current practice of the four most widely accepted approaches to city design:

  • Modernist city of towers and highways that, beginning in the 1920s, has come to dominate urban development worldwide but is criticized as mechanical and soul-less.
  • Traditional organization of cities as streets and public places, scorned by the modernists, but being revived today for its human scale.
  • Green city design, whose history can be traced back thousands of years in Asia, but is becoming increasingly important everywhere as sustainability and the preservation of the planet are recognized as basic issues.
  • Systems city design, which includes infrastructure and development regulation but also includes computer aided techniques which give designers new tools for managing the complexity of cities.

“Jonathan Barnett has set out to create nothing less than a coherent, all-inclusive framework for ideas about cities, past and present; as a primer for new students of urbanism, City Design is without parallel. For a knowledgeable reader, City Design Is laced with fresh new insights about the familiar warhorses of urban discourse.” –Daniel Solomon, Mithun