Reforming Suburbia

The Planned Communities of Irvine, Columbia, and The Woodlands
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ISBN-13:
9780520937918
Einband:
Ebook
Seiten:
394
Autor:
Ann Forsyth
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PDF
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Adobe DRM [Hard-DRM]
Sprache:
Englisch
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The "new community" movement of the 1960s and 1970s attempted a grand experiment in housing. It inspired the construction of innovative communities that were designed to counter suburbia's cultural conformity, social isolation, ugliness, and environmental problems. This richly documented book examines the results of those experiments in three of the most successful new communities: Irvine Ranch in Southern California, Columbia in Maryland, and The Woodlands in the suburbs of Houston, Texas. Based on new research and interviews with developers, designers, and residents, Ann Forsyth traces the evolution, the successes, and the shortcomings of these experiments in urban innovation. Where they succeeded, in areas such as community identity and open space preservation, they provide support for current "smart growth" proposals. Where they did not, in areas such as housing affordability and transportation choices, they offer important insights for today's planners, designers, developers, civic leaders, and others interested in incorporating new forms of development into their designs.
The "new community" movement of the 1960s and 1970s attempted a grand experiment in housing. It inspired the construction of innovative communities that were designed to counter suburbia's cultural conformity, social isolation, ugliness, and environmental problems. This richly documented book examines the results of those experiments in three of the most successful new communities: Irvine Ranch in Southern California, Columbia in Maryland, and The Woodlands in the suburbs of Houston, Texas. Based on new research and interviews with developers, designers, and residents, Ann Forsyth traces the evolution, the successes, and the shortcomings of these experiments in urban innovation. Where they succeeded, in areas such as community identity and open space preservation, they provide support for current "smart growth" proposals. Where they did not, in areas such as housing affordability and transportation choices, they offer important insights for today's planners, designers, developers, civic leaders, and others interested in incorporating new forms of development into their designs.
List of IllustrationsList of TablesAcknowledgments1. The New Community Experiment2. The Irvine Ranch3. Columbia4. The Woodlands5. Organizing the Metropolis6. Alternatives to Sprawl?7. New Town Planning and the Paradoxes of Private InnovationAppendix A. Ahwahnee Principles, Charter of the New Urbanism, and EPA Smart Growth PrinciplesAppendix B. Census Data for Irvine, Columbia, and The Woodlands, 1980–2000Appendix C. Study MethodsAppendix D. Criticisms and Benefits of Suburban Growth with Evaluation of Case Study New CommunitiesAppendix E. Densities of Typical Residential Villages in Irvine and The WoodlandsNotesReferencesIndex

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