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Author : Larry Beasley
Publisher : On Point Press
Page : 424 pages
File Size : 52,6 Mb
Release : 2019-05-15
Category : Architecture
ISBN : 9780774890335

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Vancouverism by Larry Beasley Pdf

Until the 1980s, Vancouver was a typical mid-sized North American city. But after the city hosted Expo 86, something extraordinary happened. This otherwise unremarkable urban centre was transformed into an inspiring world-class city celebrated for its livability, sustainability, and competitiveness. This book tells the story of the urban planning phenomenon called “Vancouverism” and the philosophy and practice behind it. Writing from an insider’s perspective, Larry Beasley, a former chief planner of Vancouver, traces the principles that inspired Vancouverism and the policy framework developed to implement it. A prologue, written by Frances Bula, outlines the political and urban history of Vancouver up until the 1980s. The text is also beautifully illustrated by the author with 200 colour photographs depicting not only the city’s vibrancy but also the principles of Vancouverism in action.

City Builder

Author : George Baird
Publisher : Unknown
Page : 356 pages
File Size : 54,7 Mb
Release : 2017-10-25
Category : Architecture
ISBN : 1864706783

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City Builder by George Baird Pdf

-The first complete monograph of James K. M. Cheng's architectural works -Chronicles the art, development and evolution of urban transformations, sustainable environments and impacts on civic design -Features the recently completed Shangri-La mixed-use tower, the tallest building in Vancouver and a new landmark in the cityscape -Comprises rich, full-color images, plans and diagrams throughout, including detailed photography, much of which is Cheng's personal photographic work This comprehensive, richly-illustrated monograph provides the first in-depth account of the award-winning work by James KM Cheng Architects, a Canadian firm recognized internationally for its 'Vancouverism' model of architecture and subsequent redefining of urbanism. As an insightful historical biographical sketch, this superb monograph chronicles how James K.M. Cheng's thinking and design work has evolved. The book is presented in glorious full-color, schematically under geographic and thematic rubrics. Cheng meticulously documented his own work, and as one of the most unique features of this impressive book much of the photography is by the architect himself, exhibiting architecture with a refined sense of proportion. The images are accompanied by explanatory and critical texts throughout. The text progresses through informative illustrations and interpretations of how these ideas have subsequently spread elsewhere in Canada, the United States, and Asia. City Builder: The Architecture of James K.M. Cheng reveals how his ideas have evolved to transform their urban contexts. Cheng's astute leadership skills have resulted in an outstanding range of award-winning projects, many of which are highly complex urban developments that incorporate leading-edge strategies for sustainability, building technology, and urbanism. The text also delves into the finer grain of city-building in Cheng's career-long interest in the design of single family homes. This is an impressive volume, and a must-have source of inspiration for the architect, designer or urban planner.

Planning on the Edge

Author : Penny Gurstein,Tom Hutton
Publisher : UBC Press
Page : 353 pages
File Size : 51,8 Mb
Release : 2019-12-01
Category : Political Science
ISBN : 9780774861694

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Planning on the Edge by Penny Gurstein,Tom Hutton Pdf

Vancouver is heralded around the world as a model for sustainable development. In Planning on the Edge, nationally and internationally renowned planning scholars, activists, and Indigenous leaders assess whether this reputation is warranted. While recognizing the many successes of the “Vancouverism” model, the contributors acknowledge that the forces of globalization and speculative property development have increased social inequality and housing insecurity since the 1980s in the city and the region. By evaluating policies at the local, provincial, and federal levels and taking reconciliation with Indigenous peoples into account, Planning on the Edge highlights the kinds of policies and practices needed to reorient Vancouver’s development trajectory along a more environmentally sound and equitable path.

Street-Level Architecture

Author : Conrad Kickert,Hans Karssenberg
Publisher : Taylor & Francis
Page : 366 pages
File Size : 52,6 Mb
Release : 2022-08-04
Category : Architecture
ISBN : 9781000603392

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Street-Level Architecture by Conrad Kickert,Hans Karssenberg Pdf

This book provides the tools to maintain and rebuild the interaction between architecture and public space. Despite the best intentions of designers and planners, interactive frontages have dwindled over the past century in Europe and North America. This book demonstrates why even our best intentions for interactive frontages are currently unable to turn a swelling tide of economic and technological evolution, land consolidation, introversion, stratification, and contagious decline. It uses these lessons to offer concrete locational, programming, design, and management strategies to maximize street-level interaction and trust between street-level architecture, its inhabitants, and the city. This book demonstrates that designers, developers, planners, and managers ultimately have to create the right preconditions for inhabitants and passersby to bring frontages to life. These preconditions connect architecture to its urban, social, economical, and technological context. Only the right frontage in the right context, with the right design, the right inhabitation, and the right attitude to the city will become part of the ecosystem of trust and interaction that supports public life. This book empowers the many participants in this ecosystem to build, inhabit, and enjoy truly urbane architecture.

Exploring Vancouver

Author : Harold Kalman,Ron Phillips
Publisher : UBC Press
Page : 294 pages
File Size : 54,8 Mb
Release : 2011-11-01
Category : Architecture
ISBN : 9780774842846

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Exploring Vancouver by Harold Kalman,Ron Phillips Pdf

Vancouver's streetscapes have changed drastically in recent years. New buildings representing current architectural trends are mixing with and often replacing those of earlier eras and tastes. Exploring Vancouver invites the reader to experience the city's continually evolving landscape in a readable, yet authoritative, guide.

Ecodesign for Cities and Suburbs

Author : Jonathan Barnett,Larry Beasley
Publisher : Island Press
Page : 273 pages
File Size : 49,9 Mb
Release : 2015-06-23
Category : Architecture
ISBN : 1610913426

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Ecodesign for Cities and Suburbs by Jonathan Barnett,Larry Beasley Pdf

As world population grows, and more people move to cities and suburbs, they place greater stress on the operating system of our whole planet. But urbanization and increasing densities also present our best opportunity for improving sustainability, by transforming urban development into desirable, lower-carbon, compact and walkable communities and business centers. Jonathan Barnett and Larry Beasley seek to demonstrate that a sustainable built and natural environment can be achieved through ecodesign, which integrates the practice of planning and urban design with environmental conservation, through normal business practices and the kinds of capital programs and regulations already in use in most communities. Ecodesign helps adapt the design of our built environment to both a changing climate and a rapidly growing world, creating more desirable places in the process. In six comprehensively illustrated chapters, the authors explain ecodesign concepts, including the importance of preserving and restoring natural systems while also adapting to climate change; minimizing congestion on highways and at airports by making development more compact, and by making it easier to walk, cycle and take trains and mass transit; crafting and managing regulations to insure better placemaking and fulfill consumer preferences, while incentivizing preferred practices; creating an inviting and environmentally responsible public realm from parks to streets to forgotten spaces; and finally how to implement these ecodesign concepts. Throughout the book, the ecodesign framework is demonstrated by innovative practices that are already underway or have been accomplished in many cities and suburbs—from Hammarby Sjöstad in Stockholm to False Creek North in Vancouver to Battery Park City in Manhattan, as well as many smaller-scale examples that can be adopted in any community. Ecodesign thinking is relevant to anyone who has a part in shaping or influencing the future of cities and suburbs – designers, public officials, and politicians.

Neighbourhood Houses

Author : Miu Chung Yan,Sean R. Lauer
Publisher : UBC Press
Page : 297 pages
File Size : 50,8 Mb
Release : 2021-03-01
Category : Social Science
ISBN : 9780774865845

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Neighbourhood Houses by Miu Chung Yan,Sean R. Lauer Pdf

Globalization and migration are creating disconnected societies in modern urban cities, and urban communities are at risk of becoming fragmented. Neighbourhood Houses draws on a five-year study to document and contextualize an antidote: the neighbourhood house movement. Contributors outline the history of the Vancouver neighbourhood house network, its relationship with local government and other organizations in the region, the programs and activities offered, and the experiences of participants. By providing health services, public recreation, daycare, adult literacy classes, and other programming, neighbourhood houses are revealed to be community hubs bringing both newcomers and neighbours together.

The Life of the North American Suburbs

Author : Jan Nijman
Publisher : University of Toronto Press
Page : 400 pages
File Size : 49,9 Mb
Release : 2020
Category : Political Science
ISBN : 9781487520779

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The Life of the North American Suburbs by Jan Nijman Pdf

This is the first comprehensive look at the role of North American suburbs in the last half century, departing from traditional and outdated notions of American suburbia.

Digital Lives in the Global City

Author : Deborah Cowen,Alexis Mitchell,Emily Paradis,Brett Story
Publisher : UBC Press
Page : 308 pages
File Size : 55,8 Mb
Release : 2020-10-15
Category : Social Science
ISBN : 9780774862400

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Digital Lives in the Global City by Deborah Cowen,Alexis Mitchell,Emily Paradis,Brett Story Pdf

Digital technologies have transformed how, where, and when we communicate, love, learn, produce, and consume. Digital Lives in the Global City examines the entanglements of urban life as digital infrastructures connect us across vast distances while also merging work with personal time and space, increasing the power of financial institutions, and enhancing state and corporate surveillance capacities. This nuanced exploration engages with a wide range of issues: the conditions of migrant work in Singapore, the question of digital debt in Toronto, the rise and fall of illegal buildings in Mumbai, and targeted policing in New York. In the process, it reveals the profound connections between digital technologies and the social life of global cities.

Building the Cycling City

Author : Melissa Bruntlett,Chris Bruntlett
Publisher : Island Press
Page : 242 pages
File Size : 52,5 Mb
Release : 2018-08-28
Category : Architecture
ISBN : 9781610918794

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Building the Cycling City by Melissa Bruntlett,Chris Bruntlett Pdf

The world is rediscovering the bicycle as a multi-pronged solution to acute, 21st-century problems, including affordability, obesity, congestion, climate change, inequity, and social isolation. The Netherlands has built an accessible cycling culture that cities around the world can learn from. Chris and Melissa Bruntlett share the incredible success of the Netherlands through engaging interviews with local experts and stories of their own delightful experiences riding in five Dutch cities. Building the Cycling City examines the triumphs and challenges of the Dutch while also presenting stories of North American cities already implementing lessons from across the Atlantic. Discover how Dutch cities inspired Atlanta to look at its transit-bike connection in a new way and showed Seattle how to teach its residents to realize the freedom of biking, along with other encouraging examples.

Soft City

Author : David Sim
Publisher : Island Press
Page : 257 pages
File Size : 54,8 Mb
Release : 2019-08-20
Category : Architecture
ISBN : 9781642830187

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Soft City by David Sim Pdf

Imagine waking up to the gentle noises of the city, and moving through your day with complete confidence that you will get where you need to go quickly and efficiently. Soft City is about ease and comfort, where density has a human dimension, adapting to our ever-changing needs, nurturing relationships, and accommodating the pleasures of everyday life. How do we move from the current reality in most cites—separated uses and lengthy commutes in single-occupancy vehicles that drain human, environmental, and community resources—to support a soft city approach? In Soft City David Sim, partner and creative director at Gehl, shows how this is possible, presenting ideas and graphic examples from around the globe. He draws from his vast design experience to make a case for a dense and diverse built environment at a human scale, which he presents through a series of observations of older and newer places, and a range of simple built phenomena, some traditional and some totally new inventions. Sim shows that increasing density is not enough. The soft city must consider the organization and layout of the built environment for more fluid movement and comfort, a diversity of building types, and thoughtful design to ensure a sustainable urban environment and society. Soft City begins with the big ideas of happiness and quality of life, and then shows how they are tied to the way we live. The heart of the book is highly visual and shows the building blocks for neighborhoods: building types and their organization and orientation; how we can get along as we get around a city; and living with the weather. As every citizen deals with the reality of a changing climate, Soft City explores how the built environment can adapt and respond. Soft City offers inspiration, ideas, and guidance for anyone interested in city building. Sim shows how to make any city more efficient, more livable, and better connected to the environment.

Changing Neighbourhoods

Author : Jill Grant,Alan Walks,Howard Ramos
Publisher : UBC Press
Page : 348 pages
File Size : 43,6 Mb
Release : 2020-03-15
Category : Architecture
ISBN : 9780774862059

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Changing Neighbourhoods by Jill Grant,Alan Walks,Howard Ramos Pdf

Canadians have a right to live in cities that meet their basic needs in a dignified way, but in recent decades increased inequality and polarization have been reshaping the social landscape of Canada’s urban areas. This book examines the dimensions and impacts of increased economic inequality and urban socio-spatial polarization since the 1980s. Based on the work of the Neighbourhood Change Research Partnership, an innovative national comparative study of seven major cities, the authors reveal the dynamics of neighbourhood change across the Canadian urban system. While the heart of the book lies in the project’s findings from each city, other chapters provide important context. Taken together, they offer important understandings of the depth and the breadth of the problem at hand and signal the urgency for concerted policy responses in the decades to come.

Planning Canadian Regions, Second Edition

Author : Gerald Hodge,Heather M. Hall,Ira M. Robinson
Publisher : UBC Press
Page : 396 pages
File Size : 53,5 Mb
Release : 2016-12-01
Category : Political Science
ISBN : 9780774834162

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Planning Canadian Regions, Second Edition by Gerald Hodge,Heather M. Hall,Ira M. Robinson Pdf

Planning Canadian Regions was the first book to integrate the history, contemporary practice, and emergent issues of regional planning in Canada. This much-anticipated second edition brings the discussion up to date, applying the same thorough analysis to illuminate the rapid changes now shaping our regional landscapes and their planning. Special attention is paid to the regional planning dimensions of climate change adaptation and environmental sustainability, the development inequities faced in peripheral resource regions, the special role of Indigenous peoples in regional planning, and the distinctive planning needs of metropolitan regions across the country. This book challenges planners, educators, and policy makers to engage with the latest thinking and strive for best practices in twenty-first century regional planning.

Happy City

Author : Charles Montgomery
Publisher : Doubleday Canada
Page : 320 pages
File Size : 53,5 Mb
Release : 2013-11-12
Category : Political Science
ISBN : 9780385669139

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Happy City by Charles Montgomery Pdf

Charles Montgomery’s Happy City will revolutionize the way we think about urban life. After decades of unchecked sprawl, more people than ever are moving back to the city. Dense urban living has been prescribed as a panacea for the environmental and resource crises of our time. But is it better or worse for our happiness? Are subways, sidewalks and condo towers an improvement on the car-dependence of sprawl? The award-winning journalist Charles Montgomery finds answers to such questions at the intersection between urban design and the emerging science of happiness, during an exhilarating journey through some of the world’s most dynamic cities. He meets the visionary mayor who introduced a “sexy” bus to ease status anxiety in Bogotá; the architect who brought the lessons of medieval Tuscan hill towns to modern-day New York City; the activist who turned Paris’s urban freeways into beaches; and an army of American suburbanites who have hacked the design of their own streets and neighborhoods. Rich with new insights from psychology, neuroscience and Montgomery’s own urban experiments, Happy City reveals how our cities can shape our thoughts as well as our behavior. The message is as surprising as it is hopeful: by retrofitting cities and our own lives for happiness, we can tackle the urgent challenges of our age. The happy city can save the world--and all of us can help build it.

Icebergs, Zombies, and the Ultra-Thin

Author : Matthew Soules
Publisher : Chronicle Books
Page : 240 pages
File Size : 54,6 Mb
Release : 2021-05-04
Category : Architecture
ISBN : 9781648960291

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Icebergs, Zombies, and the Ultra-Thin by Matthew Soules Pdf

"Soules's excellent book makes sense of the capitalist forces we all feel but cannot always name... Icebergs, Zombies, and the Ultra Thin arms architects and the general public with an essential understanding of how capitalism makes property. Required reading for those who think tomorrow can be different from today."— Jack Self, coeditor of Real Estates: Life Without Debt In Icebergs, Zombies, and the Ultra Thin, Matthew Soules issues an indictment of how finance capitalism dramatically alters not only architectural forms but also the very nature of our cities and societies. We rarely consider architecture to be an important factor in contemporary economic and political debates, yet sparsely occupied ultra-thin "pencil towers" develop in our cities, functioning as speculative wealth storage for the superrich, and cavernous "iceberg" homes extend architectural assets many stories below street level. Meanwhile, communities around the globe are blighted by zombie and ghost urbanism, marked by unoccupied neighborhoods and abandoned housing developments. Learn how the use of architecture as an investment tool has accelerated in recent years, heightening inequality and contributing to worldwide financial instability: • See how investment imperatives shape what and how we build, changing the very structure of our communities • Delve into high-profile projects, like the luxury apartments of architect Rafael Viñoly's 432 Park Avenue • Understand the convergence of technology, finance, and spirituality, which together are configuring the financialized walls within which we eat, sleep, and work Includes dozens of photos and drawings of architectural phenomena that have changed the way we live. Essential reading for anyone interested in architecture, design, economics, and understanding the way our world is formed.