♥ Book Title : We Build the City
☯ Full Synopsis : "We Build The City features a selection of the exemplary infrastructure, public realm and civic building projects developed during New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's administration under Commissioner David Burney's groundbreaking Department of Design + Construction Excellence (D+CE) program. This publication celebrates the DDC's commitment to the idea that design matters and that great design reinvigorates public spaces and, ultimately, transforms people's lives. The DDC has been lauded for its fresh approach to facilitating innovative and collaborative architecture and urban planning solutions and improving public buildings, spaces and communities with a focus on design that reflects important key values: education and culture, health and safety, and diversity and opportunity. The D+CE program has offered dynamic design and construction strategies that have inspired some of the best architects and engineers in the world--and given the city's small firms--the opportunity to work with the DDC to reimagine and reshape the built environment. From the Queen's Botanical Garden, Mariner's Harbor Library, Brooklyn Children's Museum and the Bronx Museum of the Arts to Madison Avenue, Houston Street, Columbus Circle, the Central Park Precinct and PSAC II, the DDC and its pioneering D+CE initiative has helped to transform all five boroughs of the great City of New York. Highlighting the work of numerous talented design and construction firms, We Build The City showcases a collection of some the most notable public projects developed and built under the acclaimed D+CE program. Each featured project--whether large- or small-scale, visible or underground--has contributed to the improvement of the city, building upon principles of creativity, sustainability, performance, efficiency and longevity. The publication includes detailed drawings and striking imagery that reveal the complex processes that have shaped one of the most active and successful design periods in NYC's history. AUTHOR: Jayne Merkel is an architectural historian, critic, and the author of the acclaimed monograph, Eero Saarinen (New York and London: Phaidon Press, 2005). She is Book Review Editor of Architectural Record magazine, an occasional contributor to The New York Times, a member of the Advisory Board of the Architect's Newspaper, all in New York, and a New York-based Contributing Editor of AD (Architectural Design) in London. Her script for the 2006 documentary film, 'The Gateway Arch, A Reflection of America' received an Emmy in 2007. She is a former editor of Oculus magazine in New York and a former Architecture Critic of The Cincinnati Enquirer. Her writing has appeared in Architecture, Art in America, Artforum, Connoisseur, Design Book Review, Harvard Design Magazine, Progressive Architecture, the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, and the Wilson Quarterly. She directed the Graduate Program in Architecture and Design Criticism at Parsons School of Design/The New School for Social Research in New York, taught writing in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Cincinnati, and taught art history at the Rhode Island School of Design, Miami University of Ohio, and the Art Academy of Cincinnati. She worked as a curator at the Cincinnati Contemporary Art Center, Taft Museum, University of Michigan Museum of Art and has organized numerous exhibitions. Mayor Mike Bloomberg began his career in business at an early age. A Johns Hopkins University degree in engineering led to an MBA from Harvard Business School, which prepared him for a job with Salomon Brothers, an investment bank where he eventually oversaw the trading firm's information systems. In 1981, he started Bloomberg LP and turned his vision of using emerging information technology to bring transparency and efficiency to Wall Street's trading firms. As mayor of NYC, Mike has brought hundreds of bold innovative programs, policies and initiatives to the city, making it a cleaner, safer place for its inhabitants. As a philanthropist, Mike created Bloomberg Philanthropies and has donated, to date, over $2.4 billion to the arts, education, environment, government and public health causes. David J. Burney, FAIA, was educated at the Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh and at the University of London. From 1982 to 1990 Mr. Burney practiced architecture with the New York Firm of Davis Brody & Associates where he was involved in a variety of projects including the Zeckendorf Towers on Union Square and the Rose Building at Lincoln Center. In 1990, David became the Director of Design and Capital Improvement at the New York City Housing Authority, a position which was followed by his appointment as Commissioner of the Department of Design and Construction. The DDC manages the design and construction of public facilities and the City's sewer, water main and roadway construction program. 500 photographs"Article| Michael Bloomberg| Statement ..."
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♥ Book Title : When We Build Again
☯ Full Synopsis : "Like many UK cities Birmingham was heavily bombed during the Second World War and as with so many bombed British cities, and many un-bombed ones that jumped on to the re-planning bandwagon, there was a clear imperative to reconstruct. But Birmingham was atypical in how it went about this. The city had begun planning in the mid-1930s, principally to replace vast quantities of slum housing – and there had been suggestions about ring roads even from the time of the First World War. So plans were available virtually ready to go, and were approved by a private Act of Parliament in 1946. Yet within Birmingham there were individuals and organisations with a great interest and influence in planning matters. This followed a significant and long-standing local tradition from the Chamberlain family to Nettlefold’s pioneering work on planning and housing at the start of the twentieth century. Prominent amongst these was the Cadbury family and the Bournville Village Trust, and one of its immediate responses to bomb damage was the book, When We Build Again. This was immediately influential in several respects, as contemporary reviews and ongoing citations demonstrate. It highlighted some less-palatable truths about conditions in the city and more widely, with ideas about what might be done. To modern eyes some of these are radical – for example the wholesale redevelopment of the Jewellery Quarter – an area which was recently proposed for World Heritage status. The origins of the derided post-war comprehensive clearance approach lie in these papers. Further, it used innovative and striking graphics to communicate statistical information to lay readers, including the use of striking photography of places and, particularly, people. Also included in this volume is a facsimile of a second Bournville Trust publication from 1955, Birmingham - Fifty Years On. This less famous but equally important publication grew from a frustration at the slow pace of post-war reconstruction, and envisaged what the city would look like half a century later."Article| Bournville Village Trust| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Cities Are Good for You
☯ Full Synopsis : "The 21st century will be the age of the city. Already over 50% of the world population live in urban centres and over the coming decades this percentage will increase. Blending anecdote, fact and first hand encounters - from exploring the slums of Mumbai, to visiting roof-top farms in Brooklyn and attending secret dinner parties in Paris, to riding the bus in Latin America - Leo Hollis reveals that we have misunderstood how cities work for too long. Upending long-held assumptions and challenging accepted wisdom, he explores: why cities can never be rational, organised places; how we can walk in a crowd without bumping into people, and if we can design places that make people want to kiss; whether we have the right solution to the problem of the slums; how ants, slime mould and traffic jams can make us rethink congestion. And above all, the unexpected reasons why living in the city can make us fitter, richer, smarter, greener, more creative - and, perhaps, even happier. Cities Are Good for You introduces dreamers, planners, revolutionaries, writers, scientists, architects, slum-dwellers and emperors. It is shaped by the idea that cities are the greatest social experiment in human history, built for people, and by the people."Article| Leo Hollis| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Let Us Build Us a City
☯ Full Synopsis : "Let Us Build Us a City is a work of cultural and literary history, combining memoir (from the author's experiences as a student and teacher of literature and writing) with analysis and speculation, presented in a variety of forms that illustrate the topics at hand, which include literary apprenticeship and mentoring, philosophy, politics, metaphysics, and American history. Let Us Build a City reads like a master class on writing as practice as it performs a deep reading of art and life, looking to discern why liberal education matters so much to our society."Article| Tracy Daugherty| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Way We Build Now
☯ Full Synopsis : "This book examines the structural and construction design of buildings. The first part presents an overview of materials and structural forms taking the point of view of the designer, architect and engineer. The second part is an extensive examination of over 70 case studies. They have been carefully selected and tightly structured to present a summary of established modern methods of building construction. It contains copious ready-reference charts of design information, numerous photographs and meticulous axonometric drawings. The book is international in scope. Dual units are used throughout (SI and Imperial) and nearly half the case studies are taken from the USA. Cases are also drawn from Canada, Europe, Africa, Malaysia, Hong Kong as well as 25 from the UK."Article| Andrew Orton| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Infant and Family in the Twenty-first Century
☯ Full Synopsis : "First published in 2003. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company."Article| João Gomes-Pedro| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Covenant
☯ Full Synopsis : "His guards lay dead, scattered about the prison and the building used as their headquarters. The prisoners had escaped. Gwaum turned towards the city that in his rage, he had destroyed. If there were humans still hiding there, they would be dead now. The city was useless as a hiding place. A vengeful Gwaum turned his footsteps north, toward Mount Qui. He would pass the white peaked mountain and, using his Road of Terror, descend into Island World to wreak his vengeance. Gwaum had consumed two wizards and their craft now resided within him. He needed a third wizard to complete his transformation into omnipotence. He would search out that other wizard and do battle. The battle of the two wizards would shape the course of Island World. Thus, the forces for the final struggle had gathered. Bearl and his people struggled on the island of Eris. Arii had completed his wizard training and waited for the coming battle. He would need all his wizard craft to prevail. The end of his magic quest to destroy the monster was nearing. The Covenant is the third part of the Tale of the White Rock - A Wizard Fantasy Series. Island World is a tumultuous, magic world dominated by a fearsome beast named Gwaum. Created by the craft of the dark wizard Darnay, Gwaum terrorized Island World, consuming the human inhabitants and destroying the Six Kingdoms. The Tale of the White Rock Wizard Fantasy Series chronicles the struggle of Gwaum and his nemesis Arii during their battle to dominate Island World. There are four parts to the epic fantasy novel Tale of the White Rock. These are The Wizard of the Golden Star, the Rise of Gwaum, Promise of the White Rock and The Covenant."Article| Paul R. Wonning| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Feral Cities
☯ Full Synopsis : ""[An] entertaining jaunt through city wildlife." —Kirkus Reviews We tend to think of cities as a realm apart, somehow separate from nature, but nothing could be further from the truth. In Feral Cities, Tristan Donovan digs below the urban gloss to uncover the wild creatures that we share our streets and homes with, and profiles the brave and fascinating people who try to manage them. Along the way readers will meet the wall-eating snails that are invading Miami, the boars that roam Berlin, and the monkey gangs of Cape Town. From feral chickens and carpet-roaming bugs to coyotes hanging out in sandwich shops and birds crashing into skyscrapers, Feral Cities takes readers on a journey through streets and neighborhoods that are far more alive than we often realize, shows how animals are adjusting to urban living, and asks what messages the wildlife in our metropolises have for us. Tristan Donovan is the author of two widely praised books, Replay: The History of Video Games and Fizz: How Soda Shook Up the World. His journalism has appeared in many major newspapers, magazines, and web sites. He has a degree in ecology."Article| Tristan Donovan| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : A Reasonable Accommodation
☯ Full Synopsis : "Have you ever wondered... Why do people have to suffer?Did the Garden of Eden really exist?Is there evidence of design in the universe?Why is there so much sin and evil in the world?Was there really a worldwide flood in Noah?s day?Do non-physical, supernatural entities actually exist?Were Adam and Eve a unique, divinely created couple?Who was Cain?s wife, and who did he fear would kill him?What is the age of the earth, thousands or billions of years?Was the tree of the knowledge of good and evil really a tree?Can evolution account for the diversity of life on earth today?"Article| David K. Shortess| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Planetizen's Contemporary Debates in Urban Planning
☯ Full Synopsis : "Planetizen's Contemporary Debates in Urban Planning is a fascinating review of major topics and issues discussed in the field of urban planning, assembled by editors at Planetizen, the leading source of news and information for the planning and development community on the web. The book brings together a wide range of editorial and discussion topics, coupled with commentary and overviews to create an enlightening record of the continuously evolving philosophy of building and managing cities. The book's contributors include the most well-known experts in the planning and design fields, among them James Howard Kunstler, Alex Garvin, Andres Duany, Joel Kotkin, and Wendell Cox. These and other prominent thinkers offer passionate debates and thought-provoking commentary on the most important and controversial topics in the field of urban planning and design: gentrification, eminent domain, the philosophical divide between the Smart Growth community, libertarians and New Urbanists, regional growth patterns, urban design trends, transportation systems, and reaction to disasters such as Katrina and 9/11 that changed the way we look at cities and security. Planetizen's Contemporary Debates in Urban Planning provides readers with a unique and accessible introduction to a broad array of ideas and perspectives. With the increasing awareness of the need for sound urban planning to ensure the economic, environmental, and social health of modern society, Planetizen's Contemporary Debates in Urban Planning gives professionals in the field and concerned citizens alike a deeper understanding of the critical, complex issues that continue to challenge urban planners, designers, and developers."Article| Abhijeet Chavan| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Building Cities that Work
☯ Full Synopsis : "Since 1945, North Americans have spent hundreds of billions of dollars on urban development, literally transforming the landscape of the continent. This development has been disastrous, Edmund Fowler maintains, because it is inordinately expensive, destructive of the environment, and disruptive of healthy social life and authentic politics. Revealing the connections between our basic cultural beliefs and why we build the way we do, he stresses that to build cities that work we must become aware of how our personal choices contribute to the form of the built environment."Article| Edmund P. Fowler| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : City
☯ Full Synopsis : "This remarkable history of urban culture worldwide, from the first city builders 7000 years ago, to today's sprawling megacities, using the form of a popular guidebook to get to the heart of what makes cities thrive."Article| P.D. Smith| Statement ..."