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Urban Design the American Experience Jon Lang Urban Design: The American Experience places social and environmental concerns within the context of American history. It returns the focus of urban design to the creation of a better world. It evaluates the efforts of designers who apply knowledge about the environment and people to the creation of livable, enjoyable, and even inspiring built worlds. Urban Design: The American Experience emphasizes that urban design must take a user–oriented approach to achieve a higher quality of life in human settlements. All the keys to this approach are spelled out in chapters that address: Urban design as both a product and process of communal decision–making Types of knowledge required as a base for urban design action How to apply recent environmental and behavioral research to professional design How human needs are fulfilled through design The true role of functionalism in design Urban design efforts of the twentieth century in the United States are examined within their socio–political context. Jon Lang reviews the urban design experience from the beginning of the "City Beautiful" movement, paying particular attention to developments since World War II. He explores how the twentieth–century city has developed, as well as discusses the attitudes that have driven major movements in urban design. Readers learn a neo–Modernist approach that builds on the successes and failures of Rationalism and Empiricism, the two major streams of Modernist thought in architecture and urban design. They also gain an understanding of how the environment is experienced by people, and the implications of this experiencing for architectural and urban design. Numerous illustrations throughout demonstrate how various design schemes can be used. Urban Design: The American Experience provides architects, designers, city planners, and students in these fields with a model for their own future development as professionals. It is a valuable guide to design methodology (procedural theory) and other issues related to creating optimal urban environments. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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About the Author Jon Lang, Ph.D., is currently Professor of Architecture at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, as well as Director for Urban Design of the Environmental Research Group in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Lang also taught in the Urban Design program at the University of Pennsylvania from 1970 to 1990, chairing the program during the eighties. He continued his association with Penn as a visiting Professor of City Planning through 1993. Dr. Lang has served as a consultant for UNESCO in Turkey and for the Ford Foundation in India. He is co–editor of the pioneering book Designing for Human Behavior: Architecture and the Behavioral Sciences, as well as author of Creating Architectural Theory: The Role of the Behavioral Sciences in Environmental Design. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Close look at the Moderns 10 Oct. 2000
By Fabio A Mello - Published on Amazon.com
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A spectacular book. Lang explains all the design process of the urban environment within USA in this century. What had going wrong and why. See also how a close relationship between designers and its clients can improve design quality and what sort of human needs can be fulfilled by the built environment. A book not only for urban designers but for all people related with the designing process from interiors designers to landscape architects.
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Not what it seems... 15 Jun. 2006
By Tigran Haas - Published on Amazon.com
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This is not a comprehensive book on the field of Urban Design. Although this is obvious from the subtitle one is left with dissapointment. Aside from an interesting collection of cases studies you really don't get the complexity and timeless cross-section of this field that is having a renaissance now. None of the current trends are mentioned nor do they get any strong coverage (new urbanism/trasnurbanism/reurbanism/everyday urbanism/splintered urbanism/complexity urbanism) nor does the historical element comes through. Generaly good written book but too much of a sallad bowl without a proper structure and philosophy. Not a good tool for teaching. If you want top of the pops book in this field go to D.Grahame Shane's Recombinant Urbanism. For me it was astonishing how little space was given to new urbanism, the leading urban design theory and practice today.
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Mandatory reading for professors and students of Urban Design 30 April 2010
By Vicente F. de Castro Neto - Published on Amazon.com
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So good that I intend to recommend it as one of the text books for my classes of Urban Planning. It has a well balanced combination of theory - explained with conceptual diagrams - and case studies, which cover most of the examples of Urban Design in the last and this centuries. The author's review of the Master Plan of Curitiba, that had my participation 40 years ago in research and design, is very to the point when he asks: "How we move ahead?"
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Perception as an Urban Design Student 14 Oct. 2009
By Loaei M. Thabet - Published on Amazon.com
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I found this book as a good start to build your understanding in Urban design either as a career, profession, academic settings, or even as an extra reading. Its a good reference with multi informative illustrations. I advice anyone who is searching or has any intentions to know more about this field to have this book on the shelf.

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Five Stars 3 Aug. 2014
By Jin Mo Jung - Published on Amazon.com
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Professor Jon Lang is the best scholar for urban design I believe.
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