Friday, February 18, 2011

Planetizen's Contemporary Debates in Urban Planning

An interesting book for urbanists and planners:
Featuring thought-provoking commentary and insights from the some of the leading thinkers and practitioners in the field, Contemporary Debates in Urban Planning is an excellent summary of current thought and discussion.
This printed volume, assembled by the editors of Planetizen and published by Island Press, provides readers with a unique and accessible introduction to a broad array of ideas and perspectives on issues from ranging from gentrification, eminent domain, transportation systems, to reactions to disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and 9/11.

Follow the battle between sprawl and smart growth
Learn about new trends in urban design and transportation
Weigh the arguments for and against inner-city gentrification
Examine the impact of the backlash against eminent domain
Consider how planning should respond to disasters such as 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina
Hear from supporters and critics of market-based alternatives to planning

To tackle the most controversial topics in urban planning, Planetizen enlisted the help of well-known experts in the planning and design fields including James Howard Kunstler, Alex Garvin, Andrés Duany, Joel Kotkin, Wendell Cox and William Fulton. These contributors and more offer passionate and at times controversial debates on how cities should be planned and built, and managed.
With the increasing awareness of the need for sound urban planning to ensure the economic, environmental, and social health of modern society, Planetizen's Contemporary Debates in Urban Planning gives professionals in the field and concerned citizens alike a deeper understanding of the critical, complex issues that continue to challenge urban planners, designers, and developers.
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