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Urban Design Ecologies Reader gives architects and urban planners critical tools to understand urban design today. Featuring essays by leaders in the field, the book combines an historical perspective with forward-looking material on the global challenges of rapid urbanization and climate change. It highlights the recent thinking in urban development, covering key concepts such as the architecture of the city, metropolitan architecture (or big architecture), the nature of sprawl, the mega city (or the informal city), and the meta city, created by digital technologies and ecological thinking.

Author Biography

Brian McGrath is an Associate Professor of Urban Design at Parsons The New School for Design in New York. He taught at Columbia University in the Urban Design Studios for 15 years in a programme that grew 500% in student population between 1991 and 2005. He was a Senior Fulbright Scholar in Thailand in 1998/99. He is currently a co-investigator on an interdisciplinary team on the Baltimore Ecosystem Study, a Long Term Ecological Research project where he coordinates a working group linking science research, public policy and design. McGrath has authored and contributed to many books and journals, he also teaches and lectures internationally.

Table of Contents

Brian McGrath

From the Architecture of the City to Metropolitan Architecture

The Architecture of the City
Aldo Rossi

Collage City
Colin Rowe and Fred Koetter

Cities Within the City
Oswald Mathias Ungers

Chicago à la Carte
Alvin Boyarsky

Life in the Metropolis or The Culture of Congestion
Rem Koolhaas

The Making of Hong Kong
Barrie Shelton, Justyna Karakiewicz and Thomas Kvan

Megalopolis: The Nature of Sprawl

The Territory of Architecture
Vittorio Gregotti

Los Angeles: The Architecture of Four Ecologies
Reyner Banham

Learning From Las Vegas
Steven Izenour, Denise Scott Brown, Robert Venturi

An Urbanism of Reform
Albert Pope

Mega Urban Ecologies
Sharon Haar and Victoria Marshall

Ecology of the City: A Perspective from Science
Steward TA Pickett

The Megacity

People as Infrastructure: Intersecting Fragments in Johannesburg
AbdouMaliq Simone

Bangkok: The Architecture of Three Ecologies
Brian McGrath

Sustainable Megacity Visions from São Paulo
Carlos Leite

Frugality and Urban Life
May Joseph

Design, Sustainability and the Global City
Christian Hubert and Ioanna Theocharopoulou

The Meta city

Situationist Space
Tom McDonough

The Manhattan Transcripts
Bernard Tschumi

The Fragmented Metropolis
David Grahame Shane

Designing Ecological Heterogeneity
ML Cadenasso

The Elementary City
Paola Viganò

Made in Tokyo
Momoyo Kaijima, Junzo Kuroda, Yoshiharu Tsunamoro


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