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Street Design: The Secret to Great Cities and Towns (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 18. Februar 2014


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"This book could change the way people see the streets in their towns and cities. And it could help those towns and cities make streets for people, rather than their cars."
--Mayor Joe Riley, Charleston, South Carolina
 
"This fine book by Massengale and Dover is a treasure map to the long-buried trove of knowledge, skill, and principle needed to build better places for the human project to dwell in."
--From the Afterword by James Howard Kunstler
 
Victor Dover and John Massengale know how to fix America's neighborhoods, cities, and towns: make them walkable again. That begins with great streets where people want to be, where they feel comfortable, safe, and charmed by their surroundings. Street Design looks at hundreds of streets old and new, shows us what works and what doesn't, and reveals the secrets behind designing beautiful streets and walkable places.
 
This useful and transformative guide:
* Shows examples of over 150 excellent streets and explains why they are successful and how they were designed and created
* Reveals crucial elements that many modern street designs lack
* Offers step-by-step instruction on how to design new streets and improve existing ones to create more walkable cities and towns
* Highlights common street-design challenges and ways they can be addressed through placemaking
* Features more than 500 color and black-and-white photos
* Includes contributions from twenty of the leading design experts in the field, including Andrés Duany, Lèon Krier, and the former mayor of Milwaukee
 
Street Design is the ideal handbook for urban designers, civic leaders, architects, city planners, engineers, and landscape architects, and essential reading for any person who wants to make their community walkable and create memorable streets that are not mere routes to someplace else, but the great places to which other routes lead.

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Victor Dover, FAICP, is cofounder of Dover, Kohl & Partners Town Planning based in Coral Gables, Florida, a design practice focused on restoring healthy neighborhoods as the basis for sound communities and regions. He is former national chair of the Congress for New Urbanism (CNU) and lead designer of more than 150 neighborhoods, urban revitalization programs, and regional plans across the United States and abroad.
 
John Montague Massengale, AIA, is an architect and urban designer in New York City. He is a board member of the CNU, which has been called "the most important phenomenon to emerge in American architecture in the post-Cold War era" and a former Director of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art. With Robert A. M. Stern, he was coauthor of New York 1900: Metropolitan Architecture and Urbanism 1890-1915 and The Anglo-American Suburb.

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HASH(0x99ec8864) von 5 Sternen Stupendous! 14. Januar 2014
Von Fenno Hoffman - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
A top ten reference on the spinal chords of urban life. It's called "Street Design" but don't be fooled; This is a comprehensive manifesto that focuses on a whole range of urban parts and pieces, from facade proportions to curb details, that must be considered together, and work together, to make great streets. This is NOT a specialist's book about bike paths, the latest crosswalk technologies, or a polemic diatribe. Great Streets is a testimonial about excellence, about the comprehensive urban placemaking that is possible, when you get everything right. Loaded with excellent photography, supplemented by just the charts and diagrams necessary to clarify the writing, this is a practical, accessible, compendium of analysis, techniques, and critical factors necessary to understand and engage, in order to make streets as good as the finest streets on Earth. Beyond that, it is a photographic encyclopedia of some of my favorite places.

I realize that my review sounds like it was written by a marketing person, but it wasn't. I just love this book - it's one of the books that I'd hoped to write someday - and write just like this. Extraordinary, and fun. Dover and Massengale are true wizards. Buy it without hesitation!
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HASH(0x9d7e28a0) von 5 Sternen High Praise from a Public Works Director 19. Januar 2014
Von Bryan Jones - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
I highly endorse and recommend the book! It is one of the best books I have gotten my hands on for people that care or should care about creating Thriving Communities for People and Prosperity. This book should be used in every local jurisdiction and university across the nation and globe. We no longer have to teach our college graduates about highway design but rather now we need to focus on community design. This would be a fun curriculum to teach...and our young engineers, planners, policy makers, and leaders need this information to be competitive and influential. It could be used in transportation, civil engineering, planning, ecology, landscape, and architecture programs as we all play a part in the interwoven web of creating quality communities where people and businesses can thrive. Unlike highway engineers that "build transportation through communities" this book talks to those of us that want to "build communities through transportation". We need to bring the ART and CULTURE back into and balance the science of street design. After all a street without people is not a place. A place needs people. And people need to be welcomed, inspired, and entertained. Our standards, transportation models, and level of service analysis only address the science of the innate automobile and completely forget about the ART required to create a place where people are welcomed, inspired, and entertained.

And more importantly local, state and federal officials could definitely use this book to better understand the impacts of their ongoing transportation decisions and funding practices based on assumptions from the post World War II era when decisions were based on what was good for General Motors was good for the United States. The Unites States is going to have to change it's thinking if it wants to be sustainable (economically, environmentally, and public health wise) and competitive in attracting and inspiring creative talent. Communities that chose to embrace these concepts will thrive in the 21st century and those that don't will struggle to persevere and maintain. Most communities and states cannot afford to maintain their existing transportation infrastructure that has been built since 1945...and now is as good of time to ask "Is there a better approach that we can afford to not only construct but also maintain and allows our people and businesses to thrive". That is definitely a different question or challenge to solve than the one we tried solving for the past 6-8 decades regarding how fast and safe can we move the automobile." Yet tens of thousands of people die on our roadways each year because of the environment we build and so do many businesses and city centers. The heart of our communities.

This book shares a big bold vision for what is truly important...our streets designed for people! And refutes some long standing status quo assumptions that have eroded much of the culture, connectedness, creativity, and community. Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result is the definition of insanity. And this book provides a handful of fundamental principles for streets that positively contribute to a great city.

If you want to use the AIM frame approach by asking the following three questions; What is occurring? What do we want to create? How do we get there?...this book will walk you through this approach with ease and all the ingredients you can chose from. The pictures and examples are priceless to help identify what you want to create. I am a firm believer that the health and prosperity of our country starts at the local level where the governments are connected to the community (people, schools, neighborhoods, organizations and businesses) they serve and this book suggests it also starts with the built environment that our local street's create. This book has vision with implementation! Well done Victor, John and their teams!

Some of my favorite quotes so far...
"Observation is perhaps the street designer's most powerful tool."
"Great streets define great cities"
"We are in a period of rediscovering our old towns and cities and rebuilding our streets"
"Placemaking makes the street spaces into settings where people want to be. A place is not a place until there are people in it"

Bryan Jones, PE, PTP, AICP
Public Works Director
City of Fremont, California
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HASH(0x9d7e27a4) von 5 Sternen The definitive reference volume on our most important public spaces 30. Januar 2014
Von Franklin K Benfield - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
We take streets for granted, thinking of them as means of conveyance from point A to point B. But they are so much more: Nothing more defines the look and feel of a town or city than its streets, and the places that line them. Streets are by their nature public (but for those regrettable instances where developers close them off), and they are best experienced in great cities (think Paris or London) on foot. In fact, I would go so far as to say that, if it doesn’t feel right to experience a street on foot, chances are it’s not a great street. And, if it doesn’t have great streets, it’s unlikely to be a great city.

I introduce the subject this way because Victor Dover and John Massengale have just delivered the definitive reference volume on how to make our streets great. Street Design’s 400 pages are organized into sections on historic streets, street systems and networks (the quality of the street network is the single most important determinant of how much walking takes place in a neighborhood, according to research), retrofitted streets and new streets. Dover and Massengale are ostensibly designers by trade, and they know a thing or two about great placemaking. It shows. They are also terrific writers.

Indeed, I would take it a step further and say that the authors are not just designers but sages on the elements of great cities, towns and neighborhoods. These elements are laid out for the reader, explained in easily accessible detail, and richly illustrated with what must be hundreds of photographs, drawings, and vignettes about successful places. This book is not abstract but based on real places and real experiences. If you love cities, you’ll love the book and, just like I have, enjoy flipping through its chapters, learning something important on every page.
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HASH(0x99ec8c9c) von 5 Sternen Engaging & Enjoyable! 4. Februar 2014
Von John Simmerman - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
Making our cities and towns great places where people want to be and from which economic productivity and human vitality might grow and prosper should be our primary goals for our streets; not simply attempting to move as many motor vehicles through space as possible.

I encourage anyone who is interested in creating stronger, healthier and more vibrant places to get your own copy of Street Design: The Secret to Great Cities and Towns and perhaps even purchase one for a friend or your favorite politician, traffic engineer and/or developer as well.
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HASH(0x99e15e28) von 5 Sternen Wonderful photos and primer on street design 30. März 2014
Von Jason Stokes - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I'm not in the field of urban design, nor am I currently a student. I selected this book as it sounded interesting, and I love the comparison of the "typical" road most Americans see with the beautiful roads the world has to offer - including many in the U.S. It's amazing how a few small tweaks around the edges can transform an ugly road into an object of beauty that's available for everyone to use.

As far as this book, I'm quite pleased. It has numerous high quality photos to illustrate key points, along with well written prose describing the different choices made in the design of streets. It illustrates how in even our most auto-centric locations, like Atlanta, there is potential for great street design.

Highly recommended for anyone with an interest in urban design, and I'd love to buy a copy for everyone at every streets department and DOT in my area - so they can see the potential.
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