- Publisher: AVA Publishing SA
- Format: Paperback | 184 pages
- Dimensions: 160mm x 230mm x 20mm | 481g
- Publication date: 10 December 2009
- Publication City/Country: Lausanne
- ISBN 10: 2940411123
- ISBN 13: 9782940411122
- Illustrations note: 200 colour images
- Sales rank: 220,575
Basics Landscape Architecture: Urban Design provides an overview of urban design from a landscape architecture perspective. Urban design is an interdisciplinary practice that is concerned with defining the form of human settlements. Landscape architecture plays an important role in this process. This title seeks to define and describe this role, highlighting the unique perspective that landscape architects bring to urban design. It provides a brief history and definition of urban design and the roles of the various professions involved. It looks at the elements of urban form and the importance of contextual details, from the scale of the city and its region to the importance of materials.
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Tim Waterman studied landscape architecture and urban design at the University of Idaho and the Rhode Island School of Design. He lectures in landscape architecture at the Writtle School of Design. Ed Wall is a landscape architect based in London. He teaches landscape architecture at Kingston University. His recent projects have focussed on the definition of the urban public realm in South London.
"As an introduction to urban design, the book is extremely well done, covering just about every possible aspect of the field". John Hill, "A weekly dose of architecture" blog, August 2010.
Table of contents
Introduction. How to get the most out of this book. What is urban design?: Definition and debate; Evolution of the urban form; Early urban design; Industrial age urban design; Urban design since the nineteenth century. Context: City and territory; City; Neighbourhoods and blocks; Street; Detailing. Measure: Street; Block; Buildings and open spaces; Person; Infrastructure and utilities. Movement: Innovation and trends; Speed; Modes; Mass vs individual; Stasis. Community and culture: Societies and culture; Politics and economy; Community and individuals; Necessities; Diversions. Projects and processes: Structure; Lines; Points; Beyond; Green. Conclusion. Glossary. Bibliography. Contacts and useful resources. Acknowledgements. Picture credits. Working with ethics.