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The new civic art : elements of town planning
Duany, Andres.
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Publication Information:
New York : Rizzoli, [2003]

Physical Description:
384 pages : illustrations (some color), plans ; 31 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
The order of the region -- The transformation of urbanism -- The pattern of urbanism -- The public realm -- The private realm -- Design at all scales.
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NA9031 .D82 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Although smart growth and new urbanism are in planners' vocabulary, their implementation is problematic. Gathering examples of proven practice, that is, projects and concepts that have been successful and remain relevant to current conditions, this compendium presents design ideas that could imp

Author Notes

Andres Duany, along with Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, leads a firm that has designed more than 200 new neighborhoods & community revitalization plans, most notably, Seaside, Florida.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

Cofounders of the Congress for the New Urbanism, Duany and coauthor Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk are among the leading figures in the movement to end suburban sprawl and revitalize decaying inner cities by adapting and applying traditional, premodernist city planning techniques. In 2000, they wrote Suburban Nation to promote their brand of "new urbanism" to the general public. With their new book, they and town planner Robert Alminana address a professional audience of planners, architects, and policymakers, who they believe need to look beyond current zoning codes and automobile-centered design and find inspirational guidance from past centuries and diverse cultures. The book is a voluminous, richly illustrated catalog of what the authors consider to be examples of sound planning. More than 1000 briefly annotated drawings, photos, plans, and models of everything from the Acropolis to Chinese villages to Los Angeles courtyard houses provide object lessons in mixed-use design, pedestrian-friendly environments, welcoming public spaces, and other tenets of new urbanism. With more than 500 new urbanist developments completed or underway in the United States, this book is recommended for special collections serving those directly involved in city and suburban planning.-David Soltesz, Cuyahoga Cty. P.L., Parma, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Architecture is first of all a civic art, and this important book surveys the high standards that laypersons should demand in all building and rebuilding of our physical environment and the means that professionals and public officials can use to achieve them. On nearly every page, as many as ten illustrations with explanatory text furnish proven alternatives to the practices that continue to degrade our cities and rural countryside. Based on the publication by Werner Hegemann and Elbert Peets, The American Vitruvius: An Architect's Handbook of Civic Art (1922; reprinted 1996) and including some of that handbook, The New Civic Art has extensive additional models that are suitable for current conditions and expectations drawn from older traditional practice, and many new ones from across the whole spectrum of current stylistic tendencies. The professed intention of architects Duany and Alminana, Plater-Zyberk (Univ. of Miami School of Architecture), and other contributors, who have been at the forefront of the New Urbanism movement for more than two decades, is to share their experience and improve practices through open, public debate and review. This beautifully produced, sturdy, massive book, a fundamental contribution to civility, serves that laudable end. ^BSumming Up: Essential. All levels. C. W. Westfall University of Notre Dame