The Fractured Metropolis: Improving the New City, Restoring the Old City, Reshaping the Region

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Westview Press, 1996 - Art - 250 pages
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" The accomplished urban designer Jonathan Barnett devotes his latest book to exploring ways of ameliorating the split between the old city, ' which used to be the center of things, and the new city' on the metropolitan periphery. Barnett discusses an impressively broad variety of recent plans and designs for controlling sprawl, improving urban centers and edge cities, and fitting new buildings in with old. One of the best available overviews of how urban and metropolitan design issues are currently being dealt with." - "Progressive Architecture"

" Because Jonathan Barnett is a gifted practitioner, an experienced and knowing urban designer, as well as distinguished teacher and author his books on urban design and history, theory and practice are extraordinarily useful for both lay persons and professional readers." -- "Journal of the American Planning Association"

Targeted at architects, students, urban designers and planners, landscape architects, and city and regional officials ," The Fractured Metropolis" provides a thorough analysis of not only cities but also the entire metropolitan region, considering how both are intrinsically linked and influence one other.

Jonathan Barnett, an urban designer and architect who has worked for cities throughout the United States, teaches architecture and urban design at City College.

 

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Contents

The Fractured Metropolis
1
Improving the New City
15
Accidental Cities or New Urban Centers
17
Its Prevention and Cure
47
Creating Communities
75
Part lis Restoring the Old City
93
How the Metropolis Split Apart
95
The Entrepreneurial Center
119
Restoring Communities
161
Part Ills Reshaping the Metropolitan Region
177
The Changing Philosophy of Planning and Design
179
The Elements of City Design
191
11 A National Agenda for Action
221
Suggestions for Additional Reading
237
Illustration Credits
242
Index
245

The New Urban Frontier
147

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Jonathan Barnett, an urban designer and architect who has worked for cities throughout the United States, teaches architecture and urban design at City College.

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