|The Annual International Berkeley Undergraduate Prize for Architectural Design Excellence 2020|
The Aga Khan Award for Architecture, 2017-2019 CycleUnited Nations Conferences on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development:
As is often the case, the majority of recently announced awards for the latest cycle of the internationally-acclaimed Aga Khan Awards are civic buildings. You can see this year’s awards, all of the finalist projects, and previous awards at the link above.
Project for Public Spaces
The Social Science Research Council (SSRC)
Center for Community Engagement in Over-the-Rhine (CCE-OTR)
The Aga Khan Award for Architecture, 2017-2019 Cycle
by Niall Patrick Walsh
Civic Center Redevelopment, Long Beach, California, U.S.A.
Cordeliers Community Centre and Nursery, Pontoise, France
Green Wings, Hatay, Turkey
Tokyo Music Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Hangzhou-Yuhang Opera House, China
Some of the significant/most interesting figures in the field who over the past decades have worked to make our urban environments and civic buildings better…and below are some of the most well-known writings and/or projects. The referenced books are part of the core collections of most public and probably all academic libraries. Many are available online – sometimes including the full text, sometimes long excerpts. Explore the options.
Ahmed Al-Ali and Farid Esmaeil, X-Architects: “Al Muharraq, An Urban Doctrine to Produce and Preserve Authenticity,”
Christopher Alexander: The Timeless Way of Building, 1979; A New Theory of Urban Design, 1987.
Peter Buchanan: "The Big Rething Part 11: Urban Design," Architectural Review, 6 March 2013
Peter Calthorpe: The Next American Metropolis: Ecology, Community, and the American Dream, 1993
Andrés Duany: The New Civic Art: Elements of Town Planning, by Andres Duany, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, and Robert Alminana, 2003
Alejandro Echeverri: (Profile), https://soa.syr.edu/live/profiles/566-alejandro-echeverri
Jan Gehl: Cities for People, 2013; Close Encounters with Buildings, 2005
Mark Girouard: Cities & People, 1985.
Paul and Percival Goodman: Communitas: Means of Livelihood and Ways of Life, 1947.
Bjarke Ingels: “Founder and creative partner of Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), widely known for buildings that defy convention while incorporating sustainable development principles and bold sociological concepts.” (Wikiedia) For one of BIG’s civic building projects, see: https://www.archdaily.com/11216/copenhagen-harbour-bath-plot
Jane Jacobs (1916-2006): Called an “urban visionary,” Jacobs was a major force in the movement towards creating cities for people. Her best-known work is The Death and Life of Great American Cities, 1961.
Rem Koolhaas: Delirious New York, 1978: S,M,L,XL, 1995; "Project on the City," 2000-2002
Henri Lefebvre: The Production of Space, 1974.
Lewis Mumford (1895-1990): Mumford was a prolific writer, he published at least 25 significant books among which, The City in History (1961); "Renewal of Life" series: Technics and Civilization (1934), The Culture of Cities (1938), The Condition of Man (1944), and the Conduct of Life (1951); and the Urban Prospect (1968) are the most famous, relatively speaking, since all had and continue to have a wide audience and importance for understanding building at the urban scale.
Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk: A leading American architect/urban planner with a large portfolio of work. See her projects at: https://www.dpz.com/projects/all
Aldo Rossi: The Architecture of the City, 1966.
Richard Sennet: The Uses of Disorder: Personal Identity and City Life, 1970; The Conscience of the Eye: The Design and Social Life of Cities, 1990.
Paolo Soleri (1919-2013): The founder of Arcosanti, a new form of urban design. There have been a number of books published by and about the architect and his community. An entry point is The City in the Image of Man, 1969.
“What Makes a Great Public Place?”
“Having a Library or Cafe Down the Block Could Change Your Life”
“The Democratic Monument: Adam Nathaniel Furman's Manifesto for a New Type of Civic Center”
“Interculturally Inclusive Spaces as Just Environments”
“Why are huge museums in China virtually empty?”
“Don't call Medellin a model city.”
“Utopia Spurned: Ricardo Bofil and the French Ideal City Tradition”
“Why Culture Must be at the Heart of Sustainable Urban Development”
The below-referenced books have been selected because of their breadth and geographic reach. Again, all are well-known enough to be part of the core collections of most public and probably all discipline-specific academic libraries. Many are available online – sometimes including the full text, sometimes long excerpts. Explore the options. We are not suggesting that you need to read all of the books cover-to-cover – although they are all worth the effort. We are suggesting that you try to become familiar with the contents of the ones that trigger your interest and that can help you develop the arguments you make in your Proposal and Essay.
Reconstructing Architecture: Critical Discourses and Social Practices,
Remaking the City: Social Science Perspectives on Urban Design,
Professionals and Urban Form
Public Space Design and Social Cohesion: An International Comparison,
Transforming Distressed Global Communities: Making Inclusive, Safe, Resilient, and Sustainable Cities,
Stupendous Miserable City, Pasolini's Rome
Re-construyendo la ciudad: El espacio publico como lugar de simetría, dialogo y trascendencia.
New Islamist Architecture and Urbanism: Negotiating Nation and Islam Through Built Environment in Turkey
Demystifying Doha: On Architecture and Urbanism in an Emerging City,
Making Lahor Modern: Constructing and Imagining a Colonial City,
Immigrants and the Revitalisation of Los Angeles: Development and Change in MacArthur Park
The City in Modern Africa
Metropolitan Kano (Nigeria): Report on the Twenty Year Development Plan 1963-83,
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