Town Planning in Practice

An Introduction to the Art of Designing Cities and Suburbs

Raymond Unwin

     9 × 12 in (22.9 × 30.5 cm)
456 pages
320 b/w illustrations
Publication date: 5/1/1994
Rights: World
ISBN: 9781568980041

First published in 1909, Raymond Unwin's Town Planning in Practice: An Introduction to the Art of Designing Cities and Suburbs is an extraordinary compendium of images and theories on urban design. Unwin was perhaps the greatest figure of the Garden City movement, which has had a tremendous impact on planning in both Europe and the United States. Although Town Planning has become the bible of neotraditionalist planners, it is not a nostalgic view of past planning ideas; rather it is a useful, forward-looking book that still holds lessons for today's planners. As Andres Duany says in his preface to this handsome reprint, "it is dated only by the elegance of its prose and the clarity of its reasoning." Raymond Unwin's insightful critical analysis of many towns throughout Europe and the United States--from medieval German towns to Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.--is accompanied by photographs, plans, drawings, and six foldout maps. The reprint includes Duany's preface and a thoughtful introduction by Walter L. Creese that traces the evolution of Unwin's beliefs and work over the course of his life. Like American Vitruvius: An Architects Handbook of Civic Art, Unwin's Town Planning in Practice is one of the pillars of urban design theory.

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