Synopses & Reviews
This trailblazing book outlines an interdisciplinary "process model" for urban design that has been developed and tested over time. Its goal is not to explain how to design a specific city precinct or public space, but to describe useful steps to approach the transformation of urban spaces. Urban Ecological Design illustrates the different stages in which the process is organized, using theories, techniques, images, and case studies. In essence, it presents a "how-to" method to transform the urban landscape that is thoroughly informed by theory and practice.and#160;
The authors note that urban design is viewed as an interface between different disciplines. They describe the field as "peacefully overrun, invaded, and occupied" by city planners, architects, engineers, and landscape architects (with developers and politicians frequently joining in). They suggest that environmental concerns demand the consideration of ecology and sustainability issues in urban design. It is, after all, the urban designer who helps to orchestrate human relationships with other living organisms in the built environment.
The overall objective of the book is to reinforce the role of the urban designer as an honest broker and promoter of design processes and as an active agent of social creativity in the production of the public realm.
andquot;In this major contribution to urban design, Palazzo and Steiner emphasize not only the intricacies and promises of the process, but also the ecological imperatives of urban design. A wonderful compendium of methods, techniques, best practicesandmdash;clearly written and amply illustratedandmdash;this book is essential for urban design students and practitioners.andquot;
"Urban Ecological Design: A Process for Regenerative Places
is a comprehensive and accessible guidebook on urban design with an emphasis on ecology and sustainability."
Ali Madanipour - Prof. of Urban Design, School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, Newcastle U
"Danilo Palazzo and Frederick Steiner have produced a textbook with soul."
ASLA's The Dirt blog
andquot;...a richly provocative, yet practical compendium of problem-solving ideas.andquot;
andquot;Each chapter provides extensive information, frequently in the form of bulleted lists; this shapes the book as a form of reference work for consultation, rather than as a narrative that can be read cover to cover.andquot;
andquot;a welcome addition to course reading for planning and urban design students...accessible and logical.andquot;
andquot;In this landmark book, Palazzo and Steiner outline a straightforward process for incorporating urban ecology into the design of cities, towns and regions. They present clear principles and practices that the next generation of urban designers can use to build greener, more livable cities and regions.andquot;
andquot;Intended for students, practitioners, developers, and public officials, this book offers many interesting and informative insights for those who are both new to the field and seasoned professionals alike. As one of the more comprehensive texts outlining the processes and thought that contributes to this evolving field, Urban Ecological Design: A Process for Regenerative Places is an excellent resource in helping those involved better understand and appreciate this highly interdisciplinary approach to transforming the land and landscape.andquot;
andquot;Palazzo and Steiner bring together fresh perspectives from urban design and urban ecology, offering valuable lessons on how to face environmental challenges in building future cities. Their proposed process, which argues against limiting design to single solutions, rightly places ecological thinking at the heart of urban design.andquot;
andquot;I found Urban Ecological Design to be an absolutely wonderful resource if you are interested in finding out what urban design is and how itand#39;s done.andquot;
andquot;...the authors offer a clear view of professional practice, which embraces environmental concerns...andquot;
andquot;Urban Ecological Design: A Process for Regenerative Places is a comprehensive and accessible guidebook on urban design with an emphasis on ecology and sustainability.andquot;
andquot;Danilo Palazzo and Frederick Steiner have produced a textbook with soul.andquot;
About the Author
Danilo Palazzo is Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Design at the Politecnico di Milano, Italy. His books include Sulle spalle dei giganti
(Franco Angeli, 1997), Transforming the Places of Production
(Olivares, 2002 with Fossa, Lane, Pirani), Urban Design
(Mondadori Universitand#224;, 2008). He recently wrote an essay for the Companion to Urban Design
Frederick R. Steiner is dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Texas, Austin, where he holds the Henry M. Rockwell Chair in Architecture. His books include Human Ecology: Following Nature's Lead (Island Press, 2002), The Living Landscape (Island Press, 2008) and The Essential Ian McHarg (Island Press, 2006).
Table of Contents
Table of Figures
List of Tables
Chapter 1. Processes
Chapter 2. Prerequisites
Chapter 3. Knowledge
Chapter 4. Synthesis
Chapter 5. Options
Chapter 6. Dialogues
Chapter 7. Master Plan
Chapter 8. Presentation
Chapter 9. Details
Chapter 10. Implementation
Chapter 11. Conclusion