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Title:
Architecture and the urban environment : a vision for the new age
Author:
Thomas, Derek.
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Publication Information:
Oxford ; Boston : Architectural Press, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
224 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
The urban habitat -- Directions in architecture -- Cultural rhythms -- Urban design in response -- Sensory attributes -- Architecture in response -- On environmental economics -- The timeless way.
ISBN:
9780750654623
Format :
Book

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Central Library NA2542.36 .T48 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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This text forms a critical appraisal of the place and direction of architecture and urban design in a new world order at the start of the 21st century.


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Thomas (architect and environmental planner, South Africa) offers a book that represents yet another addition to the growing literature on sustainable design. In scope it ranges from the prehistoric to the postmodern and offers an international array of examples. Thomas, in words more declamatory than explanatory, reiterates many of the concerns voiced by architects and urban designers: respect for site and climate, the need for gathering places, for street activity, for neighborhoods, and conversely, the negative effects of pollution and resource consumption. Recommendations for future design include specific approaches such as the fractal geometry of organic design. Thomas draws in quotations from a substantial number of architectural writers and theorists. Boxed inserts highlight specific projects or issues. The numerous illustrations are small and not always of high quality. Though there are better books available on the subject, this book represents the synthesis of one architect's experience and suggestions for the future. Summing Up: Recommended. General readers. M. Frank University of Massachusetts Lowell


Table of Contents

Introduction
The Urban Habitat
Directions in Architecture
Cultural Rhythms
Urban Design in Response
Sensory Attributes
Architecture in Response
On Environmental Economics
The Timeless Way
Appendices
Bibliography
Index

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