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Community Design and the Culture of Cities

Having perceived a widespread failure of most community-scale plans, Eduardo Lozano has created a large and humane vision for community design, geared towards urban planners and designers, as well as those concerned with the communities of the future. Lozano strives to unify theory and practice, seeing that design at community scale is a relatively new responsibility for professionals and seeing the need for an awareness of the systemic nature of urban design. He also highlights relevant lessons from historical examples in order to rediscover the community design metier forgotten after the Industrial Revolution. The author relies on interdisciplinary studies, drawing from biology, ecology, and political science, as well as from history for his fascinating study. Throughout the book there is an emphasis on the interrelationship of design and culture-society, technology, institutions, and values. There is also a stress on the need for an agenda for political and cultural change. The audience for Community Design and the Culture of Cities goes beyond designers and planners to include urban sociologists, anthropologists, historians, and political scientists.
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Prologue; Part I: 1. Cities today; 2. The traditions in community design, or the professional as a newcomer; 3. Urban form as pattern, pattern as combination of typologies; Part II: 4. Below the urban surface, or how urban systems, organised in complex hierarchies, are the roots of urban form; 5. Cities in evolution, or how growth and change guide urban form in time; 6. Urban scale, or how urban form, size and function are interrelated through growth; Part III: 7. Land use in cities, or how segregation and homogeneity have threatened the social ecology of urban areas; 8. Density in communities, or the most important factor in building up urbanity; 9. Distribution in cities, or a key to reconstituting the culture of cities; Part IV: 10. The design roots in traditional settlements; 11. The pluralistic form of traditional communities: combination and interface; 12. Visual phenomena and movement through traditional settlements: orientation and variety; Symbolism epilogue: An agenda for action.


"Very well presents its thesis on the need for interdisciplinary collaboration, conceptual as well as practical, with clarity and verve." Suzanne Keller, Contemporary Sociology "In fact, this reviewer would rate this book as one of the better illustrated volumes about cities he has examined recently." John Hiltner, Journal of Cultural Geography "This is a book of dedication and ambition." Landscape Journal "Lozano provides a very thorough, learned presentation of this approach to spatial design...The book is well-written and uses many pertinent, comparative examples." George Hemmens, Journal of Planning Education and Research

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