Item description for Cities: X Lines: Approaches to City and Open Territory Design by Joan Busquets...
Cities: 10 Lines - A New Lens for the Urbanistic Project is the outcome of extensive research conducted at the Harvard Graduate School of Design on the methods and tools with which designers currently shape cities and open territories. Over the past three decades, new techniques in working the built environment have been deployed in multiple settings, interacting with a wide array of cultures, scales, and intensities. The book documents the most significant, worldwide case studies of each approach and traces back to precedents and references, establishing a theoretical framework and critical assessment of each line of work. Furthermore, Cities: 10 Lines serves as an additional initiative to develop a stronger potential for unprecedented forms of urbanity.
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Studio: Actar D / Nicolodi Editore
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 11.1" Width: 9.4" Height: 1.3" Weight: 4.5 lbs.
Release Date May 15, 2007
Publisher Actar D / Nicolodi Editore
ISBN 8884472946 ISBN13 9788884472946
Availability 0 units.
More About Joan Busquets
Joan Busquets is Professor of Urban Planning and Design at the GSD, Harvard University. A world-renowned urban planner and architect, Busquets has been awarded with many prizes for his urban projects developed in several cities around the World.
Joan Busquets has an academic affiliation as follows - Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
Reviews - What do customers think about Cities: X Lines: Approaches to City and Open Territory Design?
Ambitious in scope and design Mar 21, 2008
This ambitious production presents a well organized and defined typology of urban form. The ten categories comprising the 'x' in the title, are explained by way of a logical progression of contemporary case studies and historical precedents. Each chapter is divided into two parts, a collection of images followed by text. The dynamic CAD imagery and radical spatial diagramming provide in-depth analysis of highly complex architectural projects. The text succinctly draws out the key concepts of each of the projects, and more importantly, locates them in an historical continuum.
Despite the value of the text and imagery in themselves, the physical dislocation of the imagery from the related writing (to the point of presenting unlabeled images) can be annoying at times. One imagines the author intended the images to be experienced first without textual guidance as one might experience a visit to an unfamiliar city. It is an interesting idea, but it encroaches on the overall readability of the book as one is forced to flip back and forth excessively.
The organizational structure of the content extends to the physical design of the book itself. Two types of paper are combined in an elegantly produced object. Unfortunately, the library copy which I borrowed was already losing pages from the middle. In a book less than a year old, this indicates a structural problem with the binding. Nonetheless, this is an exciting project that will leave students, educators, and practitioners with a broader understanding of the nature of urban form.