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The Art of Classic Planning

Building Beautiful and Enduring Communities

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$100.00 • £86.95 • €90.95

ISBN 9780674919242

Publication Date: 01/28/2020

Academic Trade

496 pages

10 x 10-1/2 inches

749 color photos, 32 color illus., 19 tables

Belknap Press


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  • Acknowledgments
  • Glossary
  • Preface: Frederick Law Olmsted and the Sense of Place
    • Introduction: Creating a Legacy of Beauty
  • I. How Did We Get Here?
    • 1. The Romantic Modernist Gutting of Cities
      • Camillo Sitte and Medieval Cities as Archetype
      • Glass Architecture and Workers’ Housing
      • Le Corbusier, CIAM, Brasília, and Pruitt-Igoe
      • Raymond Unwin, Hegemann and Peets, and Pierre Lavedan
      • The English Park as Paradigm for the Car Suburb
    • 2. Modernist Critique of Modernist Planning
      • Jane Jacobs and Lewis Mumford
      • Kevin Lynch and Gordon Cullen
      • La Tendenza, Bacon, and Rowe
      • Pattern Language and Space Syntax
      • Postmodernism
      • Segregating Pedestrians to Make “People-Friendly Cities”
      • Alien Bigness and Strangeness
      • New Urbanism
    • 3. What Now?
  • II. Classic Planning Fundamentals
    • 4. Classic Planning Was Always There
      • Out of Africa
      • The Origin of Cities
      • Classic Plans
      • “Organic” Fabric
      • Grand Manner Plans
      • International Haussmannization
      • Bigness without Beauty: Sublime Urbanism
      • Utopian Impositions on the Landscape
    • 5. Learning from What We Have
      • L’Enfant’s Plan for Washington, DC
      • Making a City Beautiful
      • The McMillan Plan
      • Paris on the Anacostia
    • 6. Urban Form and Your Experience
      • The People’s Choice
      • Community Aspiration and Urban Reason-for-Being
      • Urban Happiness
      • Beauty and Holism
      • Perception and Beauty
      • Perception Is Fractal
      • Fractal Is Classical
      • Phenomenological Confirmation
      • Fractal Is Classic Urban
      • The Beauty Scale
      • Asset Allocation, Durability, and Time
      • The Purpose of Urbanism
  • III. Classic Planning Applied
    • 7. Classic Planning Knowledge Base
      • Architectural Literacy
      • A “Cloud” of Ideas
      • Archetypes and Building Blocks
      • Precedents: Imitation, Invention, and Judgment
    • 8. Classic Planning Tools
      • Sun, Wind, and Water
      • Classic Traffic Planning
      • Classic Streets
      • Psychological and Behavioral Models
      • Toward Intuitive Driving
      • Applying Precedents in Parking
      • Transport
    • 9. Designing a City
      • Grid Plans
      • Law of the Indies
      • Blocks and Alleys
      • Streets
      • Arcaded Streets
      • Street Trees
      • Urban Landscaping
      • Plazas
      • Boulevards and Avenues
    • 10. Building a City
      • Buildings
      • General Fabric Buildings
      • Density
      • Tall Buildings
      • Stations and Terminals
      • Airports
      • Markets
      • Durable Infrastructure
      • Building Community Infrastructure
      • Disaster Resilience
      • The Skyline
    • 11. A Plan Is a Legacy, Not a Solution
      • Metropolitan Planning
      • Country
      • Urban Homeostasis
      • Cities of Refuge
      • Classic-Plan Code
      • Long-Term Plans
      • A City of Makers
    • Epilogue
      • The High-Tech City
      • The Feral City
      • Muddling Through
      • Learning from Isfahan, Rome, and Angkor Wat to Understand Detroit
  • Notes
  • Credits*
  • Index

* The publisher is aware of an error in the first printing in which page numbers in the Credits are consistently off by fourteen pages. We regret the error and will correct it for all subsequent printings of the book.

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