Urban Design Downtown
Poetics and Politics of Form
|Subject||Central business districts -- California -- Case studies.
Central business districts. -- fast -- (OCoLC)fst00850699
Centres villes -- Californie -- Cas, Études de.
City (geografie) -- (NL-LeOCL)078674247 -- gtt
City planning -- California -- Case studies.
City planning. -- fast -- (OCoLC)fst00862177
Design urbain -- Californie -- Cas, Études de.
Kantoren. -- (NL-LeOCL)078555272 -- gtt
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Public Policy -- Regional Planning. -- bisacsh
Politique urbaine -- Californie -- Cas, Études de.
Stadsplanning. -- gtt
Urban policy -- California -- Case studies.
Urban policy. -- fast -- (OCoLC)fst01162489
The corporate downtown, with its multitude of social dilemmas and contradictions, is the focus of this well-illustrated volume. How are downtown projects conceived, scripted, produced, packaged, and used, and how has all this changed during the twentieth century? The authors of "Urban Design Downtown" offer a critical appraisal of the emerging appearance of downtown urban form. They explore both the poetics of design and the politics and economics of development decisions.Following a historical review of the various phases of downtown transformation, Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris and Tridib Banerjee turn to contemporary American downtowns. They examine the phenomenon of public-space privatization, arguing that corporate open spaces are the consumer-oriented result of policies that have promoted downtown renovation and restructuring but at the same time have neglected the cities' existing poverty-stricken cores. The book's case studies of individual West Coast downtown projects capture the essence of late twentieth-century urbanism. This analysis of downtown urban America, which offers extensive insight into the design and development process, will interest architects, city planners, developers, and urban designers everywhere.