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Introduction to Urban Design Theories. There could be several reasons why a student of Architecture needs to study Urban Design. One main reason that I could think of is the explosive growth of the urban population. Another is the influence of many policies being imposed from the time the city started until now. The changes in morphological aspects could be studied by many theories of urban form.

There is townsxape grey area between Planning and Urban Design. I would like to illustrate this further: I know of a well-known planner who likes to show two bubbles, one is architecture and the other one is planning. The two bubbles would intersect and the small bit in the middle, he would say is Urban Design.

With due respect, Town Planners gordob Urban Development in a different way. They treat the Urban Design profession as subservient to Planning and Architecture. Urban Design is an essential component to complete the study for our future architects. The following are summaries on thinkers that had influenced these theorists mentioned above and they themselves write their theories although not explicitly based on architecture and design.

Illustration above shows the urban design idea for the same space: Hippodamus 5 th century BC of Miletus townwcape a Greek architect who introduced order and regularity into the planning of cities, which were intricate and confusing. For Pericles, he planned the arrangement of the harbor-town Peiraeus at Athens. When the Athenians founded Thurii in Italy, he accompanied the colony as architect. Later, in B. His schemes consisted of series of broad, straight streets, intersecting one another at right angles.

Haussmann was a French civic planner who is associated with the rebuilding of Paris. He was born in that city of a Protestant family of German descent. Commissioned by Napoleon III to instigate a program of planning reforms in Paris, Cul,en laid out the Bois de Boulogne, and made extensive improvements in the smaller parks.

The gardens of the Luxembourg Palace were cut down to allow of the formation of new streets, and the Boulevard de Sebastopol, the southern half of which is now the Boulevard St. Michel, was built through a populous district. Camillo Sitte is best known among urban planners and architects for his book City Planning According to Its Artistic Principles from He strongly criticized the prevailing emphasis on broad, straight boulevards, public townscapee arranged primarily for the convenience of traffic, and efforts to strip major public or religious landmarks of adjoining smaller structures that were regarded as encumbering such monuments of the past.

Sitte proposed instead to follow what he believed to be the design objectives of those whose streets and buildings shaped medieval cities. He advocated curving or irregular street alignments to provide ever-changing vistas. His teachings became widely accepted in Austria, Germany, and Scandinavia. In less than a decade, his style of urban design came to be accepted as the norm in those countries. Ebenezer Howard came to America from England at the age of He settled in Nebraska, and soon discovered that he was not meant to be a farmer.

He moved to Chicago and worked as a reporter for the courts and newspapers. Byhe was back in England, where he found a job with a firm producing the official Parliamentary reports, and he spent the rest of his life in this occupation.


Howard read widely and thought deeply about social issues, and one result was his book To-Morrow: This book called for the creation of new suburban towns of limited size, planned in advance, and surrounded by a permanent belt of agricultural land.

His ideas attracted enough attention and financial backing to begin Letchworth, goordon garden city in suburban London. A second garden city, Welwyn, was started after World War I. This movement produced more than 30 communities, most significantly perhaps Milton Keynes. Arguably the intellectual leader of the American city planning movement in the early twentieth century, Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr.

He maintained a special interest in Washington, serving on the Fine Arts Commission from its founding dullen to During the First World War, he was manager for town planning in the U.

This body planned and built near war industries a large number of housing projects, some of them approaching new towns in size. Fromwhen it was established, townscaoe he was a member of the National Capital Park and Planning Commission. Olmsted was one of the moving figures in establishing the National Planning Conference and was its president from to When the professional members of this group and others formed the American City Planning Institute in gorron, they elected Olmsted the first president.

Olmsted helped design the innovative Forest Hills Gardens project otwnscape Queens, as well as the industrial town of Torrance, California.

He also prepared plans for existing cities: Arnold and John R. FreemanRochester with Arnold W. Brunner and Bion J.

Arnold ; and Newport. Unwin thought of the street, the district, and the town as larger wholes. The concept for the self-contained neighborhood unit was made public with the publication of Housing for the Mechanic Age Le Corbusier was without doubt the most influential, most admired, and most maligned cullenn of the twentieth century. Through his writing and his buildings, he is the main player in the Modernist story, his visions of homes and cities as innovative as they are influential.

Many of his ideas on urban living became the blueprint for post-war reconstruction, and townsacpe many failures of his would-be imitators led to Le Corbusier being blamed for the problems of western cities in the s and s.

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He advanced ideas dramatically different from the comfortable, low-rise communities proposed by earlier garden city planners. During this year span, he also built many villas and several small apartment complexes and office buildings. He viewed architectural gordo as a dehumanizing influence and was instrumental in founding the Regional Planning Association of America in His series of writings tracing the history of cities over cullem last 1, years was very successful and included The Culture of CitiesThe Condition of Manand The Conduct of Life Mumford continued his prodigious output well into his later years, producing The Pentagon of Power in Mumford received the National Medal of Arts in Jane Jacobs was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Her father was a physician and her mother tiwnscape school and worked as a nurse.

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Inafter a number of writing and editing jobs ranging in subject matter from metallurgy to U. She became increasingly skeptical of conventional planning beliefs as she noticed that the city rebuilding projects she wrote about did not seem safe, interesting, lively, or economically beneficial for cities once the projects were operational.

The book was published in and permanently the debate about urban renewal and the future of cities. Kevin Lynch was a significant contributor to twentieth-century city planning and city design. He became a professor at MIT inand eventually earned professor emeritus status.

Planning Office, and other organizations. Townacape produced seven books during his outstanding career. In his most famous work, Image of the Cityhe described a five-year study that used Boston, Los Angeles, and Jersey City as case studies. His research revealed which elements in the built structure of a city are important in the popular perception of the city. Ian McHarg was one of the true pioneers of the environmental movement.


Born near the gritty, gordo city of Glasgow, he toenscape an early appreciation of the need for cities to better accommodate the qualities of the natural environment that until then had largely been shunned.

He was responsible for the creation of the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania. However, McHarg would not be confined to the halls of academia. Fownscape published his landmark book, Design With Naturein In it, McHarg spelled out the need for urban planners to consider an environmentally conscious approach to land use, and provided a new method for evaluating and implementing doing so.

Today, Design With Nature is considered one of the landmark publications in the environmental movement, helping make McHarg arguably the most important landscape architect since Frederick Law Olmsted.

Gordon Cullen was an English architect. He was a key motivator and activist in the tpwnscape of British theories of urban design in the post-war period. Gordon Cullen get famous by the Concise Townscape Theory. The majority of his drawings have never been published before except in professional reports, and this book contains numerous drawings executed for the pleasure of observation as well as the product of his many consultancies. Serial Vision Serial Vision is to walk from one end of the plan to another, at a uniform pace, will provide a sequence of revelations which are suggested in the serial drawings opposite, reading from left to right.

Place Place description is in a world of black and white the roads are for movement and the buildings for social and business purposes. Content Content concerned with the intrinsic quality of the various subdivisions of the environment, and start with the great landscape categories of metropolis, town, arcadia, park, industrial, arable and wild nature.

Focal Point Focal point is the idea of the town as a place of assembly, of social intercourse, of meeting, was taken for granted throughout the whole of human civilization up to the twentieth century. Closure is the cutting up of the linear town system streets, passages, etc. Enclosure on the other hand provides a complete private world which is inward looking, static and self-sufficient.

Street Lighting Here we are concerned with the impact of a modern public lighting installation on towns and not, primarily, with the design of fittings.

Naturally it is impossible to disassociate the two since, as in all townscape, we are concerned with two aspects: Outdoor Publicity One contribution to modern townscape, startlingly conspicuous everywhere you townscpe, but almost entirely ignored by the town planner, is street twnscape publicity. This is the most characteristic, and, potentially, the most valuable, contribution of the twentieth century to urban scenery. At night it has created a new landscape of a kind never before seen in history.

Here and There The practical result of so articulating the town into identifiable parts is that no sooner do we create a HERE than we have to admit a THERE, and it girdon precisely in the manipulation of these two spatial concepts that a large part of urban drama arises. On this side of the arch, in Ludlow, we are in the present, uncomplicated and direct world, our world. The other side is different, having in some small way a life of its own a gprdon.