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Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream

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Founders of the Congress for the New Urbanism, Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk assess sprawl's costs to society, be they ecological, economic, aesthetic, or social. This book is a lively critical lament, and an entertaining lesson on the distinctions between postwar suburbia – characterized by housing clusters, strip shopping centers, office parks, and parking lots – and the traditional neighborhoods that were built as a matter of course until mid-century. It indicts the design and development industries for the fact that America no longer builds towns. Most important, though, it is a book that also offers us solutions.

Review:

"...No one has yet produced a work as pithy or likely to win converts to the cause as this..." Alexander von Hoffman, The Boston Sunday Globe

Review:

"One does not have to agree with all the arguments in this impassioned critique of suburbia to admire – and learn from – the authors' proven commitment to improving our built environment. An important book by America's premier town planners." Witold Rybczynski, author of City Life

Review:

"Suburban Nation... contains much practical advice to help citizens effect desired change in their communities." The Atlantic Monthly

Review:

"That American suburbia can look sterile and uniform is uncontroversial. But far worse, according to Miami-based architects Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, is the life that goes on there. Most modern 'communities' are highway-bound islands where nothing pleasant or interesting ever happens. They are segregated pods devoted to shopping, working, or sleeping, all of them dead half the day. The new towns Duany and Plater-Zyberk have designed – like Seaside in Florida and Kentlands in Maryland – work on different principles. By planning for commons, narrow streets, storefronts on the sidewalk, and a mix of apartments, mansions, playgrounds, and retail stores, Duany and Plater-Zyberk try to create old fashioned neighborhoods. They elaborate the principles of this 'New Urbanism' in their manifesto Suburban Nation, written with Jeff Speck. It is revolutionary for reasons that are as much political as architectural." Christopher Caldwell, The Atlantic Monthly

Review:

"Lucidly detailing the environmental, aesthetic, and social costs of sprawl, the authors deliver a passionate, stylish manifesto on community quality of life." Entertainment Weekly

Synopsis:

Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk are at the forefront of the New Urbanism movement, and in "Suburban Nation" they assess sprawl's costs to society, be they ecological, economic, aesthetic, or social. 115 illustrations.

Synopsis:

A manifesto by America's most controversial and celebrated town planners, proposing an alternative model for community design.

There is a growing movement in North America to put an end to suburban sprawl and to replace the automobile-based settlement patterns of the past fifty years with a return to more traditional planning principles. This movement stems not only from the realization that sprawl is ecologically and economically unsustainable but also from a growing awareness of sprawl's many victims: children, utterly dependent on parental transportation if they wish to escape the cul-de-sac; the elderly, warehoused in institutions once they lose their driver's licenses; the middle class, stuck in traffic for two or more hours each day.

Founders of the Congress for the New Urbanism, Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk are at the forefront of this movement, and in Suburban Nation they assess sprawl's costs to society, be they ecological, economic, aesthetic, or social. It is a lively, thorough, critical lament, and an entertaining lesson on the distinctions between postwar suburbia-characterized by housing clusters, strip shopping centers, office parks, and parking lots-and the traditional neighborhoods that were built as a matter of course until mid-century. It is an indictment of the entire development community, including governments, for the fact that America no longer builds towns. Most important, though, it is that rare book that also offers solutions.

About the Author

Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk lead a firm that has designed more than 200 new neighborhoods and community revitalization plans, most notably Seaside, Florida. Jeff Speck is director of town planning for the firm.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780865476066
Subtitle:
The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream
Author:
Duany, Andres
Compiled:
Cram 101
Author:
Cram101 Textbook Reviews
Author:
Cram101 Textbook Reviews, Textbook Revie
Author:
Duany and Plater-Zyberk and Speck, 1st E
Author:
Cram 101
Author:
Speck, Jeff
Author:
Plater-Zyberk, Elizabeth
Publisher:
North Point Press
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Planning
Subject:
Sociology - Urban
Subject:
City Planning & Urban Development
Subject:
Urban policy
Subject:
Urbanization
Subject:
Urban renewal
Subject:
Suburbs
Subject:
Community development, Urban
Subject:
Political Policy - City Planning & Urban Dev.
Subject:
Public Policy - City Planning & Urban Dev.
Subject:
Book Notes
Subject:
Urban renewal -- United States.
Subject:
Urban policy -- United States.
Subject:
Architecture-Urban Planning
Edition Number:
1st paperback ed.
Edition Description:
Pbk
Series:
Cram101 Textbook Outlines
Series Volume:
3326
Publication Date:
20010416
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
100 Illustrations, Appendixes, Bibliogra
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.02 x 8.08 x 0.83 in

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Product details 320 pages North Point Press - English 9780865476066 Reviews:
"Review" by , "...No one has yet produced a work as pithy or likely to win converts to the cause as this..."
"Review" by , "One does not have to agree with all the arguments in this impassioned critique of suburbia to admire – and learn from – the authors' proven commitment to improving our built environment. An important book by America's premier town planners."
"Review" by , "Suburban Nation... contains much practical advice to help citizens effect desired change in their communities."
"Review" by , "That American suburbia can look sterile and uniform is uncontroversial. But far worse, according to Miami-based architects Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, is the life that goes on there. Most modern 'communities' are highway-bound islands where nothing pleasant or interesting ever happens. They are segregated pods devoted to shopping, working, or sleeping, all of them dead half the day. The new towns Duany and Plater-Zyberk have designed – like Seaside in Florida and Kentlands in Maryland – work on different principles. By planning for commons, narrow streets, storefronts on the sidewalk, and a mix of apartments, mansions, playgrounds, and retail stores, Duany and Plater-Zyberk try to create old fashioned neighborhoods. They elaborate the principles of this 'New Urbanism' in their manifesto Suburban Nation, written with Jeff Speck. It is revolutionary for reasons that are as much political as architectural."
"Review" by , "Lucidly detailing the environmental, aesthetic, and social costs of sprawl, the authors deliver a passionate, stylish manifesto on community quality of life."
"Synopsis" by , Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk are at the forefront of the New Urbanism movement, and in "Suburban Nation" they assess sprawl's costs to society, be they ecological, economic, aesthetic, or social. 115 illustrations.
"Synopsis" by ,
A manifesto by America's most controversial and celebrated town planners, proposing an alternative model for community design.

There is a growing movement in North America to put an end to suburban sprawl and to replace the automobile-based settlement patterns of the past fifty years with a return to more traditional planning principles. This movement stems not only from the realization that sprawl is ecologically and economically unsustainable but also from a growing awareness of sprawl's many victims: children, utterly dependent on parental transportation if they wish to escape the cul-de-sac; the elderly, warehoused in institutions once they lose their driver's licenses; the middle class, stuck in traffic for two or more hours each day.

Founders of the Congress for the New Urbanism, Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk are at the forefront of this movement, and in Suburban Nation they assess sprawl's costs to society, be they ecological, economic, aesthetic, or social. It is a lively, thorough, critical lament, and an entertaining lesson on the distinctions between postwar suburbia-characterized by housing clusters, strip shopping centers, office parks, and parking lots-and the traditional neighborhoods that were built as a matter of course until mid-century. It is an indictment of the entire development community, including governments, for the fact that America no longer builds towns. Most important, though, it is that rare book that also offers solutions.

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