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Providing unique, accessible lessons on urban design, this title in the bestselling 101 Things I Learned® series is a perfect resource for students, recent graduates, general readers, and even seasoned professionals. Students of urban design often find themselves lost between books that are either highly academic or overly formulaic, leaving them with few tangible tools to use in their design projects. 101 Things I Learned® in Urban Design School fills this void with provocative, practical lessons on urban space, street types, pedestrian experience, managing the design process, the psychological, social, cultural, and economic ramifications of physical design decisions, and more. Written by two experienced practitioners and instructors, this informative book will appeal not only to students, but to seasoned professionals, planners, city administrators, and ordinary citizens who wish to better understand their built world.
About the Author
Matthew Frederick is an architect, urban designer, instructor of design and writing, the author of the bestselling 101 Things I Learned® in Architecture School, and the creator of the acclaimed 101 Things I Learned® series. He lives in New York's Hudson Valley.
Vikas Mehta, Ph.D. is the Ohio Eminent Scholar of Urban/Environmental Design and Associate Professor of Urbanism at the University of Cincinnati. He is the author of Public Space and The Street: A Quintessential Social Public Space, which received the Book Award from the Environmental Design Research Association.
“At moments the book evokes Christopher Alexander’s A Pattern Language; at other times, it reads like aphorisms from a TED Talk; and yet at other times, it is reminiscent of desk crits in school….The authors use jargon-free language [to] demystify urban design…a good reminder that much of what we, as designers, take as self-evident can be new to those not steeped in urban design and that complex concepts can be communicated in a clear, concise way. —Architecture Boston