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TOWNS AND CITIES: FUNCTION IN FORM -- URBAN STRUCTURES, ECONOMICS AND SOCIETY. Julian Hart. Ashgate Publishing, Farnham/Burlington, 2015. Design and the Built Enviroment. 202 pp. with 52 ills. 24 x 16 cm. LC 2015-10997 ISBN 9781472458551 In English.
Publisher's description: Challenging existing assumptions about how our towns and cities are structured and formed, Julian Hart provides an engaging and thought-provoking alternative theory of urban design. This is not urban design in the sense of the practice of design; rather it is a theory of the form of the town at all scales -- why towns and cities happen to be structured the way they are as a result of the social, political, legal and (especially) economic forces that create them. The shape of the city at every scale, from the internal configuration of dwellings all the way up to the superstructure of the whole city, can be seen to arise from the interplay between three antagonistic socio-economic tensions. In going about our daily business and in championing particular political objectives, we collectively fashion our cities in terms of their structure and form. This leads to various new ways of understanding how and why our cities so happen to be configured the way they are. The book makes a step change from any other comparable studies by understanding our towns and cities in terms of function in form. This helps us to appreciate why every town is a recognizable town, wherever it is. Different urban environments in different parts of the world, past and present, can come to be seen according to their similarities instead of their differences.
Indexing: Western, International (Western Style) — Post-2000 — Architecture — Urban Planning
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 170565
Hardcover $104.95    

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