Urban Design Downtown: Poetics and Politics of Form

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University of California Press, Oct 19, 1998 - Architecture - 350 pages
The corporate downtown, with its multitude of social dilemmas and contradictions, is the focus of this well-illustrated volume. How are downtown projects conceived, scripted, produced, packaged, and used, and how has all this changed during the twentieth century? The authors of Urban Design Downtown offer a critical appraisal of the emerging appearance of downtown urban form. They explore both the poetics of design and the politics and economics of development decisions.

Following a historical review of the various phases of downtown transformation, Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris and Tridib Banerjee turn to contemporary American downtowns. They examine the phenomenon of public-space privatization, arguing that corporate open spaces are the consumer-oriented result of policies that have promoted downtown renovation and restructuring but at the same time have neglected the cities' existing poverty-stricken cores.

The book's case studies of individual West Coast downtown projects capture the essence of late twentieth-century urbanism. This analysis of downtown urban America, which offers extensive insight into the design and development process, will interest architects, city planners, developers, and urban designers everywhere.
 

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Contents

New York City 1888
7
New York City setback style 27 Hugh Ferrisss The Business Zone 1929
51
Le Corbusiers La Ville Contemporaine 29 E Maxwell Frys The Future Tower City 1931
53
3O A J Frappiers proposed ChrystieForsyth Parkway 1931
55
Houston Texas IQ60s
57
Site plan
58
Downtown Forth Worth Texas 1956
59
Aerial view of Market Street design Philadelphia 1973
60
Site plan
124
2 Citicorp Plaza 1991
129
Site plan
133
The Watercourt 71 California Plaza 1996
137
Bunker Hill Steps 1996
139
Site plan 74 Figueroa at Wilshire 1996
142
Figueroa at Wilshire Plaza 1996
144
Mapped activities
152

The access tree diagram for midtown Manhattan 1969
61
Urban design proposal for Manhattan 1960
63
People mover system in downtown Detroit I095 38 New York City 1960s
64
Cleveland Ohio 1960s
65
4O Fulton Mall Fresno California 1960s 4 I Revitalization of downtown district Seattle 1974
67
Harborplace Baltimore 1996
82
Downtown Los Angeles districts
88
Site plan 46 Security Pacific Plaza 1996
90
Site plan 49 Noguchi Plaza 1996
92
Seventh Streetlevel site plan
94
Part TWO The Politics of Development
103
Old post office building
121
Outdoor space 6I Rincon Center 1992 The atrium
123
Pershing Square 1986
153
Pedestrian activity 8O Downtown San Francisco Pedestrian activity
157
Winning design by SITE 82 Pershing Square 1996
159
Los Angeles Broadway Street 1996
184
Site plan 54 Crocker Galleria 1991
193
Part Three The Poetics of Form
197
Sketch of roof garden 56 Crocker Center 1991
200
TO Postmodern Urban Form
277
Notes
309
Bibliography
322
Index
345
Burnham plan for Chicago I909
348
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Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris is Associate Professor in the Department of Urban Planning at the School of Public Policy and Social Research, University of California, Riverside. Tridib Banerjee is a Professor at the University ofSouthern California's School of Urban Planning and Development. His most recent book, coedited with Michael Southworth, is City Sense and City Design (1990).

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