Fast-Forward Urbanism

Rethinking Architecture's Engagement with the City

Dana Cuff, Roger Sherman

     6 × 9 in (15.2 × 22.9 cm)
Paperback
256 pages
204 color illustrations, 27 b/w illustrations
Publication date: 2/1/2011
Rights: World
ISBN: 9781568989778


In the wake of recent failures in America's urban infrastructure, an emerging group of activist designers are calling on architects to rethink their relationship to the city. For them, the future of the American city lies not in modernism's large-scale master plans or new urbanism's nostalgic community planning. Instead, they favor working with the realities of urban space, finding hidden opportunities in what already exists in our cities; they eschew monolithic, top-down approaches. Fast-Forward Urbanism presents a mixture of essays, opinions, and design projects by well-known architects and theorists including Stan Allen, Will Alsop, Lars Lerup, and Keller Easterling. Equal parts theory and practice, their ideas lay the groundwork for the next American metropolis. Fast-Forward Urbanism will be a useful tool for designers as well as anyone working in the federal recovery effort, from policy-makers to engineers to builders to planners.


Dana Cuff is a professor of architecture and urban design at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she is also the founding Director of cityLAB, a think tank that explores design innovations in the emerging metropolis. Cuff has published and lectured widely about modern American urbanism, the architectural profession, affordable housing, and spatially embedded computing.

Roger Sherman is principal of Roger Sherman Architecture and Urban Design in Santa Monica and cofounder of the cityLAB think tank. He has taught and lectured widely, including at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Rice, Princeton, and the Museum of Modern Art (NY), and is the author of several publications.



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