The Nature of Urban Design: A New York Perspective on Resilience (Paperback)Alexandros Washburn (author)
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Publisher: Island Press
Number of pages: 264
Weight: 748 g
Dimensions: 274 x 210 x 15 mm
Edition: 2nd None ed.
--Jerold Kayden "Frank Backus Williams Professor of Urban Planning & Design, Harvard Univ. Graduate School of Design "
"Alex Washburn shows planning in New York as it is really done: with the technical requirements, the political difficulties and the dreams. Urban leaders around the world will learn much from this insightful book about designing for greater resiliency to climate change."
--Enrique Pe alosa "President of the Board, Institute for Transportation and Development Policy of New York "
"Sensibly organized and lavishly illustrated, the book will interest all urbanites, and especially urban planners."
"Entertaining and attractively designed...a fantastic introduction to the discipline of urban design for non-designers. ...Washburn's approach to resiliency is both idealistic and practical."
--ASLA's The Dirt blog
"It's perfect reading for a rainy, rainy day."
"Washburn's generally straightforward organization allows readers to use the book like a design manual. He eschews technical jargon for an accessible and approachable tone and language. Beautifully produced with abundant color illustrations that effectively contrast worldwide approaches to urban design, this volume will appeal to a wide specialist and generalist audience."
"Mr. Washburn takes lay people on an illustrated and highly accessible tour of urban planning, from the High Line to the subway system, which, he explains, emits little more in greenhouse gases than the city's streetlights."
--The New York Times
"[A] cri de coeur for action by cities"
--The New York Times Book Review
"a treat for anyone who loves living in cities and wants to make them better, including professional planners and architects."
"[W]ith his first book, Washburn has accomplished, if not quite the impossible, then certainly the daunting: he's written a concise and accessible treatise on urban planning, blissfully free of jargon and clear enough to be understood by both professional and citizen-designers."
..".a refreshingly practical take on the power of urban design and its role in crafting the tools that guide and shape development."
--This Big City
"Washburn helps the reader look at the city differently, and care about its future. His approach works regardless of your city."
--Urban Review STL
..".the book is about more than how neighborhoods and community's can survive times of crisis; it's about how neighborhoods and community's can thrive in the midst of everyday life..."
--Can't Catch My Breath
"Washburn's attitude and incisive analysis give this book a rare combination of realism and hope."
"Simply put, The Nature of Urban Design reads like an engaging story, through the eyes of a well-informed urban planner, who wants nothing more than to see good done in the world."
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