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andlt;Pandgt;Cities speak, and this little book helps us understand their language. Considering the urban landscape not from the abstract perspective of an urban planner but from the viewpoint of an attentive observer, Urban Code offers 100 andquot;lessonsandquot;--maxims, observations, and bite-size truths, followed by short essays--that teach us how to read the city. This is a user's guide to the city, a primer of urban literacy, at the pedestrian level. The reader (like the observant city stroller) can move from andquot;People walk in the sunshineandquot; (lesson 1) to andquot;Street vendors are positioned according to the path of the sunandquot; (lesson 2); consider possible connections between the fact that andquot;Locals and tourists use the streets at different timesandquot; (lesson 41) and andquot;Tourists stand still when they're looking at somethingandquot; (lesson 68); and weigh the apparent contradiction of lesson 73, andquot;Nightlife hotspots increase pedestrian trafficandquot; and lesson 74, andquot;People are afraid of the dark.andquot; A lesson may seem self-evident (andquot;Grocery stores are important local destinationsandquot;--of course they are!) but considered in the context of other lessons, it becomes part of a natural logic. With Urban Code, we learn what to notice if we want to understand the city. We learn to detect patterns in the relationships between people and the urban environment. Each lesson is accompanied by an icon-like image; in addition to these 100 drawings, thirty photographs of street scenes illustrate the text. The photographs are stills from films shot in the Manhattan neighborhood of SoHo; the lessons are inspired by the authors' observations of SoHo, but hold true for any cityscape.andlt;/Pandgt;

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"Sometimes an outside eye picks out things a local one takes for granted or doesn't register at all. Such is partly the case with this urban planning case study, a taxonomy of 100 succinct features ('lessons') describing the ebb and flow of pedestrian life in the shop-lined streets of New York's upscale SoHo district that aims at general truths in urban design and experience. The illustrated, sober, and surprisingly bland pocket volume co-written by two architectural researchers in the Urban Synergy Group at ETH Zurich university employs a user-perception model of urban design in understanding the psychological logic of this formerly manufacturing, now fashionable area characterized by galleries, boutique stores, street vendors, and varying local and tourist foot traffic. But while buttressed by short passages from classic user-oriented urban planning texts by such trailblazers as Jane Jacobs, Kevin Lynch, and Christopher Alexander, the treatment is as concerned with the value and pricing of real estate as it is with the lived experience of people, emphasizing how businesses in particular cultivate a socially diverse pedestrian traffic. Students of business and urban planning will find the bite-size lessons apt if basic. Those average foot travelers seeking inspiration for, and insight into, city living would likely get more from livelier case studies already out there in an array of travel literature and practical travel guides. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

Cities speak, and this little book helps us understand their language. Considering the urban landscape not from the abstract perspective of an urban planner but from the viewpoint of an attentive observer, Urban Code offers 100 "lessons"--maxims, observations, and bite-size truths, followed by short essays--that teach us how to read the city. This is a user's guide to the city, a primer of urban literacy, at the pedestrian level. The reader (like the observant city stroller) can move from "People walk in the sunshine" (lesson 1) to "Street vendors are positioned according to the path of the sun" (lesson 2); consider possible connections between the fact that "Locals and tourists use the streets at different times" (lesson 41) and "Tourists stand still when they're looking at something" (lesson 68); and weigh the apparent contradiction of lesson 73, "Nightlife hotspots increase pedestrian traffic" and lesson 74, "People are afraid of the dark." A lesson may seem self-evident ("Grocery stores are important local destinations"--of course they are!) but considered in the context of other lessons, it becomes part of a natural logic. With Urban Code, we learn what to notice if we want to understand the city. We learn to detect patterns in the relationships between people and the urban environment. Each lesson is accompanied by an icon-like image; in addition to these 100 drawings, thirty photographs of street scenes illustrate the text. The photographs are stills from films shot in the Manhattan neighborhood of SoHo; the lessons are inspired by the authors' observations of SoHo, but hold true for any cityscape.

About the Author

Anne Mikoleit and Moritz Pürckhauer are researchers in the Department of Architecture at ETH Zurich and cofounders of the Urban Synergy Group.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780262016414
Subtitle:
100 Lessons for Understanding the City
Author:
Mikoleit, Anne
Author:
Pürckhauer, Moritz
Author:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology and gta Verlag
Author:
P�rckhauer, Moritz
Publisher:
The MIT Press
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Planning
Subject:
Sociology-Urban Studies
Subject:
Architecture-Urban Planning
Copyright:
Series:
Urban Code
Publication Date:
20110826
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 17
Language:
English
Illustrations:
30 b, &, w photos, 100 b, &, w illus.
Pages:
112
Dimensions:
8 x 4.75 in

Related Subjects

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History and Social Science » Sociology » Urban Studies » City Specific
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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Sometimes an outside eye picks out things a local one takes for granted or doesn't register at all. Such is partly the case with this urban planning case study, a taxonomy of 100 succinct features ('lessons') describing the ebb and flow of pedestrian life in the shop-lined streets of New York's upscale SoHo district that aims at general truths in urban design and experience. The illustrated, sober, and surprisingly bland pocket volume co-written by two architectural researchers in the Urban Synergy Group at ETH Zurich university employs a user-perception model of urban design in understanding the psychological logic of this formerly manufacturing, now fashionable area characterized by galleries, boutique stores, street vendors, and varying local and tourist foot traffic. But while buttressed by short passages from classic user-oriented urban planning texts by such trailblazers as Jane Jacobs, Kevin Lynch, and Christopher Alexander, the treatment is as concerned with the value and pricing of real estate as it is with the lived experience of people, emphasizing how businesses in particular cultivate a socially diverse pedestrian traffic. Students of business and urban planning will find the bite-size lessons apt if basic. Those average foot travelers seeking inspiration for, and insight into, city living would likely get more from livelier case studies already out there in an array of travel literature and practical travel guides. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , Cities speak, and this little book helps us understand their language. Considering the urban landscape not from the abstract perspective of an urban planner but from the viewpoint of an attentive observer, Urban Code offers 100 "lessons"--maxims, observations, and bite-size truths, followed by short essays--that teach us how to read the city. This is a user's guide to the city, a primer of urban literacy, at the pedestrian level. The reader (like the observant city stroller) can move from "People walk in the sunshine" (lesson 1) to "Street vendors are positioned according to the path of the sun" (lesson 2); consider possible connections between the fact that "Locals and tourists use the streets at different times" (lesson 41) and "Tourists stand still when they're looking at something" (lesson 68); and weigh the apparent contradiction of lesson 73, "Nightlife hotspots increase pedestrian traffic" and lesson 74, "People are afraid of the dark." A lesson may seem self-evident ("Grocery stores are important local destinations"--of course they are!) but considered in the context of other lessons, it becomes part of a natural logic. With Urban Code, we learn what to notice if we want to understand the city. We learn to detect patterns in the relationships between people and the urban environment. Each lesson is accompanied by an icon-like image; in addition to these 100 drawings, thirty photographs of street scenes illustrate the text. The photographs are stills from films shot in the Manhattan neighborhood of SoHo; the lessons are inspired by the authors' observations of SoHo, but hold true for any cityscape.
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