Streets and the Shaping of Towns and Cities (Paperback)

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Streets and the Shaping of Towns and Cities (Paperback)

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The topic of streets and street design is of compelling interest today as public officials, developers, and community activists seek to reshape urban patterns to achieve more sustainable forms of growth and development. Streets and the Shaping of Towns and Cities traces ideas about street design and layout back to the early industrial era in London suburbs and then on through their institutionalization in housing and transportation planning in the United States. It critiques the situation we are in and suggests some ways out that are less rigidly controlled, more flexible, and responsive to local conditions.

Originally published in 1997, this edition includes a new introduction that addresses topics of current interest including revised standards from the Institute of Transportation Engineers; changes in city plans and development standards following New Urbanist, Smart Growth, and sustainability principles; traffic calming; and ecologically oriented street design.


Michael Southworth’s research interests include: new forms of urban public space, the evolving form of the American metropolis, urban design theory and analysis, environmental interpretation and the design of educative environments, and environmental mapping.
His work has included planning and design for the Lowell Urban National Cultural Park, the Boston Discovery Network, the Detours children's guide to the Boston Subways, the Oakland Explorers program, and the Smart Maps project. Other relevant publications include The Evolving Metropolis: Studies of Community, Neighborhood and Street Form at the Urban Edge and Landscapes for Learning: Studies in Environmental Interpretation and Exploration. Southworth has also published Wastelands in the Evolving Metropolis. He is the coauthor of Streets and the Shaping of Towns and Cities (Island Press, 2003).

Eran Ben-Joseph is Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Product Details ISBN: 9781559639163
ISBN-10: 1559639164
Publisher: Island Press
Publication Date: June 27th, 2003
Pages: 208
Language: English