Better defined as the art of shaping the built environment, urban design seeks to understand and analyze the variety of forces -social, economic, cultural, legal, ecological and aesthetic- that affect the way we live.
The complex challenges facing cities today - scarce resources, growing economic divisions and rampant expansion, among others - are forcing a rethink of urban design.
New Urbanism, a leading movement within urban design, advocates a return to the urban forms of small towns: human-scale streets, pedestrian streets, a revitalization of cities, and a stop to suburban expansion.
This new volume, based on a lecture and discussions at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, examines in depth New Urbanism today and speculates on its future.
With contributions from Christopher Alexander, Leon Krier, Peter Hall, Andres Duany, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Jeff Speck, William McDonough, Peter Calthorpe, Jan Gehl, Lars Lerup, Edward Soja and Saskia Sassen, among others, New Urbanism and Beyond is both a comprehensive handbook on urban design and a provocation for professionals, historians and citizens around the world.