A highly illustrated reference tool, this handbook provides comparative visual analysis of major urban extensions and masterplans around the world. It places an important new emphasis on the processes and structures that influence urban form, highlighting the significant impact that public or private landownership, management and funding might have on shaping a particular project. Each of the book’s 20 subjects is rigorously analysed through original diagrams, scale drawings and descriptive texts, which are complemented by key statistics and colour photography. The case studies are presented in order of size rather than date or geographical location. This offers design professionals, developers and city planners, as well as students of architecture and urban design informed organisational and formal comparisons, leading to intriguing insights.
A wide geographical range of contemporary and historic masterplans are featured. These encompass European projects from the 19th century to the present day: Belgravia in London, Sarphatipark in Amsterdam, Potsdamer Platz in Berlin, La Défense Seine Arche in Paris and Hammarby Sjöstad in Stockholm. In North America, the postwar development of Stuyvesant Town in Manhattan is also the subject of a case study. More recent and ongoing international urban schemes are included, such as Puerto Madero in Buenos Aires, Downtown Dubai and the New Central Business District in Beijing.
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The Urban Masterplanning Handbook by Eric Firley and Katharina Groen Wiley, 2013. Eric Firley's and Katharina Gron's The Urban Masterplanning Handbook is a compendium of facts and figures about twenty different rather large scale (from 29 to 395 acres) urban development projects built around the world since the nineteenth century. Ostensibly a reference tool, and a rich one at that, it also serves as a historical comparative survey of what went into those master plans--from inception, planning, design, construction, and end result---and how each phase impacts the other. By closely focussing on how the project setup influences the built result, the authors seek to equip the practitioners of the wide range of professions involved in masterplanning with the ability to identify an effective approach to a site being considered for master planning, and thus avoid pitfalls that could lead to "inefficiencies" in the realization of the plan.
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