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Urban Design Since 1945: A Global Perspective


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Urban Design Since 1945: A Global Perspective

David Grahame Shane

ISBN: 978-0-470-51526-6 June 2011 360 Pages


Urban Design Since 1945: A Global Perspective reviews the emergence of urban design as a global phenomenon. The book opens with the urgent need to rebuild cities and re-house the millions of refugees living in camps and shantytowns at the end of the Second World War. Against this background, the book traces the collapse of the modernist, comprehensive state-planning schemes on both sides of the Iron Curtain as global corporations emerged, concentrating on networks and enclaves. It describes how Latin America and then Asia began a rapid urbanisation process, shifting the global urban centre away from Europe and overturning existing urban design models. This resulted in global megacities of an unprecedented scale, often with large associated shantytowns.

By outlining the dominant models in urban design over the last sixty years - the metropolis, the megalopolis, the fragmented metropolis and the global megacity - the book provides an essential framework for students of the subject.

Featured case studies include:
• the rebuilding of metropolitan capitals in Europe and Asia, such as Berlin, London, Moscow, Tokyo and Beijing
• the construction of new towns like Nowa Huta, Poland; Harlow, UK; Chandigarh, India; Brasilia, Brazil; Milton Keynes New Town, UK; and Shenzhen, China
• the megalopolis as a global phenomenon from the American East Coast, Texas, California, Arizona and Florida, with examples from Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America, such as Caracas, Venezuela
• the fragmented metropolis as a global phenomenon, with American, Asian and European examples, such as Downtown and Midtown (New York), Shinjuku (Tokyo), Canary Wharf (London), La Défense (Paris) and Potsdamer Platz (Berlin)
• megacities as a global phenomenon, such as Jakarta in Indonesia or Bangkok in Thailand, that include urban agriculture and urban villages, as do shrinking eco-city regions such as Duisburg, Germany or Detroit, USA
• World's Fairs such as Brussels 1958 and Osaka 1970 which feature as drivers of innovation, as do Olympic events in Tokyo (1964), Barcelona (1992), Beijing (2008) and London (2012).




Section 1

Chapter 1 Urban Design – An Overview

Chapter 2 Illustrated Urban Elements

Section 2

Chapter 3 The Metropolis

Chapter 4 Illustrated Metropolis

Section 3

Chapter 5 The Megalopolis

Chapter 6 Illustrated Megalopolis

Section 4

Chapter 7 The Fragmented Metropolis

Chapter 8 Illustrated Fragmented Metropolis

Section 5

Chapter 9 The Megacity/Metecity

Chapter 10 Illustrated Megacity/Metacity

Conclusion Urban Ecologies and Urban Design – Future Scenarios


Author’s Caution Endnote Sources and Wikipedia

Annotated Bibliography


Named CHOICE Outstanding Title for 2012

“This will be an excellent text or reference for a complex, difficult subject.  Summing Up: Highly recommended.”  (Choice, 1 August 2012)