Rebuilding the American City: Design and Strategy for the 21st Century Urban Core

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Routledge, Dec 22, 2015 - Architecture - 264 pages

Urban redevelopment in American cities is neither easy nor quick. It takes a delicate alignment of goals, power, leadership and sustained advocacy on the part of many. Rebuilding the American City highlights 15 urban design and planning projects in the U.S. that have been catalysts for their downtowns—yet were implemented during the tumultuous start of the 21st century. The book presents five paradigms for redevelopment and a range of perspectives on the complexities, successes and challenges inherent to rebuilding American cities today. Rebuilding the American City is essential reading for practitioners and students in urban design, planning, and public policy looking for diverse models of urban transformation to create resilient urban cores.


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Drawing on Anchor Institutions to Catalyze Neighborhood Revitalization
Leveraging a Natural Resource
Leveraging Context
Leveraging Underutilized Land
Leveraging Proximities and Transit
Methodology Criteria of Rebuilding

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David Gamble is a Lecturer in the Department of Urban Planning and Design at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, USA. He is a registered architect and certified urban planner and Principal of Gamble Associates based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The practice focuses on urban revitalization and community development.

Patty Heyda is an Assistant Professor of Urban Design and Architecture at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, USA. She conducts research on the processes underpinning contemporary urbanism and design through drawing, writing and design projects.

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