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Author Kolson, Kenneth.

Title Big plans : the allure and folly of urban design / Kenneth Kolson.

Published Baltimore, Md. ; London : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001.


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 UniM Store  307.3416 KOLS MF19    AVAILABLE
Physical description 236 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Series Center books on contemporary landscape design.
Contents 1 A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Trajan's Forum 15 -- 2 "Hidden Cities" of Ancient North America 29 -- 3 Cleveland as City Beautiful 49 -- 4 Utopian Visions on the Crabgrass Frontier 65 -- 5 Urban Renewal: "The Bugs Are All Out" 75 -- 6 Strange Career of Advocacy Planning 89 -- 7 Two Cheers for Sprawl 97 -- 8 When Government Dares to Dream 125 -- 9 British Library: From Great Planning Disaster to Almost All Right 147 -- 10 With Its "Doors Set Wide to the City" 165 -- 11 SimCity and Our Town 177.
Summary "Big Plans: The Allure and Folly of Urban Design" springs from the idea that human aspirations for the city tend to overstate the role of rationality in public life. Inspired by the architectural and urban criticism of such writers as Lewis Mumford, Jane Jacobs, and John Brinckerhoff Jackson, Kolson adopts a user's perspective on issues of urban design, an approach that highlights both the futility of social engineering and the resilience of the human spirit.
Subject Cities and towns.
City planning.
Urban renewal.
ISBN 0801866790