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The language of towns & cities : a visual dictionary

Author: Dhiru A Thadani
Publisher: New York : Rizzoli : Distributed to the U.S. trade by Random House, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The final word on the language of urban planning and design. The Language of Towns & Cities is a landmark publication that clarifies the language by which we talk about urban planning and design. Everyday words such as "avenue," "boulevard," "park," and "district," as well as less commonly used words and terms such as "sustainability," "carbon-neutral," or "Bilbao Effect" are used with a great variety of meanings,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Dictionaries
Terminology
Terminología
Diccionarios
Obras ilustradas
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Dhiru A Thadani
ISBN: 9780847834860 0847834867
OCLC Number: 651074624
Description: xxiii, 781 pages : illustrations (some color), color maps, plans (some color) ; 27 cm
Other Titles: Language of towns and cities
Responsibility: Dhiru A. Thadani ; foreword by Léon Krier ; introduction by Andrés Duany.

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The final word on the language of urban planning and design. The Language of Towns & Cities is a landmark publication that clarifies the language by which we talk about urban planning and design. Everyday words such as "avenue," "boulevard," "park," and "district," as well as less commonly used words and terms such as "sustainability," "carbon-neutral," or "Bilbao Effect" are used with a great variety of meanings, causing confusion among citizens, city officials, and other decision-makers when trying to design viable neighborhoods, towns, and cities. This magnificent volume is the fruit of more than a decade of research and writing in an effort to ameliorate this situation. Abundantly illustrated with over 2,500 photographs, drawings, and charts, The Language of Towns & Cities is both a richly detailed glossary of more than seven hundred words and terms commonly used in architecture and urban planning, and a compendium of great visual interest. From "A" and "B" streets to Zero Lot and Zeitgeist, the book is at once comprehensive and accessible. An essential work for architects, urban planners, students of design, and all those interested in the future of towns and cities, this is destined to become a classic in its field. -- Product Description.

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