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Author Golany, Gideon.

Title Ethics and urban design : culture, form, and environment / Gideon S. Golany.

Published New York : J. Wiley, c1995.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Archit  307.76 GOLA    AVAILABLE
Physical description xii, 260 p. : ill., maps ; 26 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 239-245) and index.
Contents 1. Ethics of Environmental Design -- 2. Genesis of the City -- 3. Early Urban Centers: Mesopotamia, Indus Valley, Egypt, and China -- 4. Comprehensive Design -- 5. Contemporary Comprehensive Design: The Case of Holland -- 6. Urban Design Morphology and Thermal Performance -- 7. Soil Thermal Performance and Geospace Design -- 8. Geospace City Concept: A Renewal of Ancient Tradition.
Summary What Golany finds in the success stories of the past are cohesive sociocultural values that shaped the design of homes, neighborhoods, and cities. These ethical values helped to maintain an equilibrium within the society that permeated its natural, social, and human-made environments. In the present era, conversely, he finds a major disconnection between human values and the ethics of technology, which has resulted in confusion, imbalance, and dehumanization. To help designers gain a perspective on possible solutions, Golany explains leading comprehensive design strategies, including the valley theory, the urban border zone concept, and the regional concept of Patrick Geddes.
"Future Frontiers for Urban Design," the culminating section of this groundbreaking book, opens with Golany's vision of the future city. He examines the issues of thermal performance and climate as they relate to urban design and offers the concept of "geospace" - the earth-enveloped habitat. Buttressing his presentation with detailed information on the mechanics of geospace, Golany describes case studies of the successful use of earth-enveloped habitats in China and Tunisia. He makes a powerful argument for the geospace city as a renewal of ancient traditions that can restore the vital equilibrium between nature and human settlements that we seem to have lost.
Subject City planning -- Environmental aspects.
City planning -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Urban ecology (Sociology) -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Urbanization -- Environmental aspects -- History.
Urbanization -- Environmental aspects -- Case studies.
Variant Title Ethics & urban design
ISBN 0471122742 (alk. paper)