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Urban Design Ecologies: AD Reader <br/> Cover, AD Reader, John Wiley & Sons ©

Urban Design Ecologies: AD Reader

Brian McGrath (Edited by)

Published by AD Reader, John Wiley & Sons, 2012 | ISBN 9780470974056

The discipline of urban design is undergoing a rapid expansion and realignment. It is experiencing a shift from a profession dominated by architects and planners, directed at urban development, to a more expansive set of practices engaging new forms of social and environmental ecologies, as cities worldwide adapt to economic restructuring, mass migrations and climate change. 
Bringing together classic and new texts from the last 40 years, this AD Reader focuses attention on the critical tools needed to understand how cities have been designed and constructed and then changed over time. This enables new ways of envisioning how cities must be conceived and adapted in the future to the dual conditions of rapid urbanisation and economic restructuring, coupled with unpredictable environmental conditions due to climate change. 

With its emphasis on both urban design and the ecological, this book brings together key articles that point the way forward for reconciling the often conflicting concerns of urbanism and environmentalism. Twenty-three texts are organised into four distinct sections, covering metropolitan architecture, the sprawling megalopolis, the megacity and the recently emerging metacity. These are broadly chronological and highlight the recent thinking behind some of the key urban developments, ranging from the art of traditional city-making covered by European architects and historians in the late 20th century to contemporary Tokyo described by Atelier Bow-Wow. 

• Features original texts from:
Reyner Banham, Rem Koolhaas, Aldo Rossi, Colin Rowe, David Grahame Shane, Bernard Tschumi, Oswald Mathias Ungers, and Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown and Steven Izenour. 
• Contains newly commissioned texts from:
Mary Cadenasso, Sharon Haar and Victoria Marshall, Carlos Leite, Steward TA Pickett and Albert Pope. 
• Includes new translations of important essays by:
Vittorio Gregotti and Paola Viganò. 
• Topics range from the European historic city to the Las Vegas Strip and the megacity of São Paulo, taking in the global sustainable city.


Brian McGrath

 The Architecture of the City
Aldo Rossi
 Collage City
Colin Rowe and Fred Koetter
 Cities Within the City
Oswald Mathias Ungers
 Chicago à la Carte
Alvin Boyarsky
 Life in the Metropolis or The Culture of Congestion
Rem Koolhaas
 The Making of Hong Kong
Barrie Shelton, Justyna Karakiewicz and Thomas Kvan

 The Territory of Architecture
Vittorio Gregotti
 Los Angeles: The Architecture of Four Ecologies
Reyner Banham
 Learning From Las Vegas
Steven Izenour, Denise Scott Brown, Robert Venturi
 An Urbanism of Reform
Albert Pope
 Mega Urban Ecologies
Sharon Haar and Victoria Marshall
 Ecology of the City: A Perspective from Science
Steward TA Pickett

 People as Infrastructure: Intersecting Fragments in Johannesburg
AbdouMaliq Simone
• Bangkok: The Architecture of Three Ecologies
Brian McGrath
 Sustainable Megacity Visions from São Paulo
Carlos Leite
 Frugality and Urban Life
May Joseph
 Design, Sustainability and the Global City
Christian Hubert and Ioanna Theocharopoulou

 Situationist Space
Tom McDonough
• The Manhattan Transcripts
Bernard Tschumi
• The Fragmented Metropolis
David Grahame Shane
 Designing Ecological Heterogeneity
ML Cadenasso
 The Elementary City
Paola Viganò
 Made in Tokyo
Momoyo Kaijima, Junzo Kuroda, Yoshiharu Tsunamoro


Brian McGrath is an Associate Professor of Urban Design at Parsons The New School for Design in New York. He taught at Columbia University in the Urban Design Studios for 15 years in a programme that grew 500% in student population between 1991 and 2005. He was a Senior Fulbright Scholar in Thailand in 1998/99. He is currently a co-investigator on an interdisciplinary team on the Baltimore Ecosystem Study, a Long Term Ecological Research project where he coordinates a working group linking science research, public policy and design. McGrath has authored and contributed to many books and journals, he also teaches and lectures internationally.

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