Wiley: Firley's Urban Handbooks

Urban Handbooks

Urban Towers

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The Urban Towers Handbook includes 30 in-depth case studies of iconic towers from around the world, organized according to type. These range from historic examples, such as the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Chrysler Building in New York, and the medieval tower houses of San Gimignano in Tuscany, to highly contemporary examples, such as the Burj Al Arab in Dubai and the Roppogni Hills in Tokyo. In addition, each case study features one or two further examples of contemporary projects that share a similar urban configuration.

Eric Firley, Julie Gimbal
ISBN: 978-0-470-68474-0
Price: £50.00 / $85.00

Urban Housing

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The handbook provides graphic representations and analysis of 30 case studies from around the world. These range from the London town house to apartments in Chicago and New York, taking in other European, South American, Moroccan, and Asian examples. In each chapter, a housing type is fully explored through a traditional case study and then a more modern example that demonstrates how it has been reinterpreted in a contemporary context.

Eric Firley, Caroline Stahl
ISBN: 978-1-119-98998-1
Price: £29.99 / $50.00

Urban Masterplanning

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The Urban Masterplanning Handbook provides comparative visual analysis of 20 major urban extensions and masterplans around the world. Presented in order of size rather than date or geographical location, they showcase European projects from the 19th century to the present day, including, Belgravia in London, Sarphatipark in Amsterdam, Potsdamer Platz in Berlin, La Défense Seine Arche in Paris and Hammarby Sjöstad in Stockholm. Each chapter is rigorously analysed through original diagrams, scale drawings and descriptive texts, which are complemented by key statistics and colour photography.

Eric Firley, Katharina Groen
ISBN: 978-0-470-97225-0
Price: £50.00 / $85.00

About the Authors

Eric Firley is an architect and urban designer. After studies at the ETH Lausanne, the Bauhaus-University in Weimar and the London School of Economics, he worked for several years in the real estate business for Jones Lang LaSalle in Paris. Later on, he joined Yves Lion's office for housing projects, and John McAslan & Partners' urban design unit in London. In 2007 he founded a research consultancy for the built environment, based in Paris and London. Born in Duesseldorf of French and German nationality, he teaches since January 2011 as Assistant Professor at the University of Miami School of Architecture.

Caroline Stahl has run a Paris-based architecture practice since 2001. Born in Berlin, she studied in Weimar and Milan. She has worked on a wide range of projects in Germany and France. She undertook extensive research on housing for this book and developed the comparative contemporary studies.

Julie Gimbal is a French art historian with a special interest in high-rise architecture. She holds a doctorate from the University of Rennes on the subject of high-rise architecture in France and is responsible for the second section of the book on high-rise regulations. She also helped to inform the choice of case studies in the first part of the book.

Philippe Honnorat, a French engineer, heads the Paris office of WSP Flack + Kurtz. An expert in mechanical and electrical systems, he has worked in the UK and USA, and has extensive international experience in high-rise structures. Honnorat wrote the third section of the book covering sustainability issues.

Katharina Grön is a German planner who graduated in 2008 from the Hamburg University of Technology. Already involved in the production of The Urban Housing Handbook, she has developed the graphic concept of the book, including diagrams and custom-made urban plans. She lives and works as a planner and urban designer in Hamburg.


"...study of 30 urban housing projects from around the globe." (BDOnline.co.uk, January 22nd 2009)

"This book is a magnificent resource...It's also bang up to date." (Architecture Today, February 2009)

"A real treasure trove...will prove a great resource for anybody involved in housing, planning and the shape of our cities" (BDOnline.co.uk, March 4th 2009)

"The buildings chosen are all fascinating, the illustrations wonderful and the drawings satisfyingly explicit." (Building Design, October 2009).

"a beautifully illustrated and seductive characterisation of housing across the globe" (Urban Design, Spring 2010).

"The role of the tall building in our rapidly urbanizing and energy conscious urban future demands more attention and this volume makes great strides towards achieving it." (Urban Morphology, 2012)

"The authors' aim is to produce a tool that relies on its graphical qualities, which this compendious and well-produced book achieves through excellent photos, aerials and plans." (121 Urban Design, Winter 2012)

"One can turn to it many times for information and delight as it is thorough and beautifully illustrated." (TheArchitect.IK, January 2012)

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