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Urban composition : developing community through design

Author: Mark C Childs
Publisher: New York : Princeton Architectural Press, ©2012.
Series: Architecture briefs.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Cities and towns are among humanity's largest and most complex achievements. The buildings, public works, plazas and parks of even a small town embody substantial amounts of capital, energy, natural resources, history, and aspirations. Cities are among our greatest creations, yet typically no single individual creates them. Rather they arise from the dialog between multiple designers, clients, regulators, citizens,  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mark C Childs
ISBN: 9781616890520 1616890525
OCLC Number: 749869823
Description: 143 pages : illustrations (some color), map (some color) ; 22 cm.
Contents: Contexts --
Built species --
Framing and reframing --
Infectious design --
Design editors.
Series Title: Architecture briefs.
Other Titles: Developing community through design
Responsibility: Mark C. Childs.

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Cities and towns are among humanity's largest and most complex achievements. The buildings, public works, plazas and parks of even a small town embody substantial amounts of capital, energy, natural resources, history, and aspirations. Cities are among our greatest creations, yet typically no single individual creates them. Rather they arise from the dialog between multiple designers, clients, regulators, citizens, critics and users. Sometimes the cities and towns that emerge are glorious places. Too frequently they have only fragments of greatness or are soul-deadening and environmentally unhealthy. Just as private doctors have responsibilities to their individual patients and for public health, project designers are accountable to their clients and for a set of public goods such as environmental stewardship, fostering civil society, and inspiring joy. In Urban Composition, I introduce essential ways in which the architects, planners, artists and engineers of individual projects can fulfill their public trust to help make great urban places.

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The Environmental Design Research Association 2013 Place Book Award Recipient: "Urban Composition" by Mark C. Childs begins with and aims to answer the question: "How can civil designers - Read more...

 
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