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    DescriptionCities speak, and this little book helps us understand their language. Considering the urban landscape not from the abstract perspective of an urban planner but from the viewpoint of an attentive observer, Urban Code offers 100 "lessons"--maxims, observations, and bite-size truths, followed by short essays--that teach us how to read the city. This is a user's guide to the city, a primer of urban literacy, at the pedestrian level. The reader (like the observant city stroller) can move from "People walk in the sunshine" (lesson 1) to "Street vendors are positioned according to the path of the sun" (lesson 2); consider possible connections between the fact that "Locals and tourists use the streets at different times" (lesson 41) and "Tourists stand still when they're looking at something" (lesson 68); and weigh the apparent contradiction of lesson 73, "Nightlife hotspots increase pedestrian traffic" and lesson 74, "People are afraid of the dark." A lesson may seem self-evident ("Grocery stores are important local destinations"--of course they are!) but considered in the context of other lessons, it becomes part of a natural logic. With Urban Code, we learn what to notice if we want to understand the city. We learn to detect patterns in the relationships between people and the urban environment. Each lesson is accompanied by an icon-like image; in addition to these 100 drawings, thirty photographs of street scenes illustrate the text. The photographs are stills from films shot in the Manhattan neighborhood of SoHo; the lessons are inspired by the authors' observations of SoHo, but hold true for any cityscape.


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    Title
    Urban Code
    Subtitle
    100 Lessons for Understanding the City
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Anne Mikoleit, By (author) Moritz Purckhauer
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 112
    Width: 124 mm
    Height: 203 mm
    Thickness: 13 mm
    Weight: 249 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780262016414
    ISBN 10: 0262016419
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: ARC
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.5
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    DC21: 307.76
    BIC subject category V2: AMVD
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17440
    B&T General Subject: 130
    Ingram Subject Code: AR
    Libri: I-AR
    Ingram Theme: DEMO/URBAN
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: E6
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: SOC026030
    DC22: 307.76
    BISAC V2.8: ARC010000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: POL002000
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: HT166 .H535 2011
    Thema V1.0: JBSD, AMVD, RPC
    Illustrations note
    30 b&w photos, 100 b&w illus.
    Publisher
    MIT Press Ltd
    Imprint name
    MIT Press
    Publication date
    23 September 2011
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge, Mass.
    Author Information
    Anne Mikoleit is a research scientist and PhD candidate, teaching architecture and urban design in the Department of Architecture at ETH Zurich. Moritz Purckhauer is a former research scientist at ETH Zurich and is currently practicing architecture in Zurich.
    Review quote
    "The effect of Urban Code is a multimodal, almost helter skelter, accretive and cumulative, indirect yet structured, obvious and concurrently nuanced, simple while sophisticated, zen-like in its quiet message, yet powerfully provocative in its impact." -- Stephen E. Roulac , New York Journal of Books