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Top Resources in Urban Planning and Design

Here are some resources for the students of architecture and planning who find it hard to get expensive books.

Use for Academic Purposes Only!

  1. Neufert’s Architects’ Data

Neufert Architects' Data

Neufert’s Architects’ Data is an essential reference for the initial design and planning of a building project. It provides, in one concise volume, the core information needed to form the framework for the more detailed design and planning of any building project.


2. The Image of The City – Kevin Lynch

What does theThe image of the city city’s form actually mean to the people who live there? What can the city planner do to make the city’s image more vivid and memorable to the city dweller? To answer these questions, This book, formulates a new criterion — imageability — and shows its potential value as a guide for the building and rebuilding of cities. The wide scope of this study leads to an original and vital method for the evaluation of city form. The architect, the planner, and certainly the city dweller will all want to read this book.


3. A Theory of Good City Form – Kevin Lynch

good-city-form

In this book, Lynch looks at connections between human values and the physical forms of cities, sets requirements for a normative theory of city form, reviews earlier physical images of what utopian communities might be, sees what is to be learned from hellish images, and helps us place city forms into one or another of three theoretic constructs; cosmic or ceremonial centers, the machine city, and the city as an organism.


4. Urban Design: Street and Square – J. C. Moughtin

street-and-squareThis book offers an analysis of urban design, covering the streets, squares and buildings that make up the public face of towns and cities. It outlines the theory of the principal features of urban design from which method is developed and provides an understanding of the main elements of urban design.


5. Walkable City – Jeff Speck

walkable-citiesIn this book, Jeff Speck tells us what makes cities thrive. And he has boiled it down to one key factor: walkability.
The very idea of a modern metropolis evokes visions of bustling sidewalks, vital mass transit, and a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly urban core. But in the typical American city, the car is still king, and downtown is a place that’s easy to drive to but often not worth arriving at.
Making walkability happen is relatively easy and cheap; seeing exactly what needs to be done is the trick. Speck also reveals the invisible workings of the city, how simple decisions have cascading effects, and how we can all make the right choices for our communities.


6.Public and Private Spaces of the City – Ali Madanipour

public-and-private-spaces-of-the-cityThe relationship between public and private spheres is one of the key concerns of the modern society. This book investigates this relationship, especially as manifested in the urban space with its social and psychological significance. Through theoretical and historical examination, it explores how and why the space of human societies is subdivided into public and private sections. It starts with the private, interior space of the mind and moves step by step, through the body, home, neighborhood and the city, outwards to the most public, impersonal spaces, exploring the nature of each realm and their complex, interdependent relationships.



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