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The Form of Cities. Political Economy and Urban Design. Edition No. 1

  • ID: 2247098
  • Book
  • March 2006
  • 324 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
The Form of Cities offers readers a considered theoretical introduction to the art of designing cities.
  • Demonstrates that cities are replete with symbolic values, collective memory, association and conflict.
  • Proposes a new theoretical understanding of urban design, based in political economy.
  • Demonstrates different ways of conceptualising the city, whether through aesthetics or the prism of gender, for example.
  • Written in an engaging and jargon-free style, but retains a sophisticated interpretative edge.
  • Complements Designing Cities by the same author (Blackwell, 2003).
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List of Figures List of Tables.




1. Theory.

Introduction: The Problem.

Urban Design: Definitions.

Urban Design: ‘Theory’.

Spatial Political Economy and Urban Design.

2. History.

Introduction: What is History?.

History and Urban Design.





Materialist Theory Overview.

3. Philosophy.

Introduction: Implications from Philosophy.

Philosophy and Urbanism Paradigms.

Philosophy and Urban Design 4. Politics.

Introduction: Politics and Ideology.

Power: Rights and Laws Law as Ideology.

Politics and Urban Planning.

The Public Realm.

5. Culture.

Introduction: Culture and Urban Design.

The Culture of Modernism.

Postmodern Culture.

Globalisation, Culture, Economy.

Authenticity and Symbolic Representation.

The New Ruralism/Urbanism.

6. Gender.

Introduction: Gender the Missing Component.

Gender and Society Gender and Patriarchy.

Gender and Capital.

Gender and Space.

Gender and Urban Design.

7. Environment.

Introduction: Nature and the City.

Origins and Development.


Sustainability and Development.

Sustainable Cities.

Sustainable Urban Design.

8. Aesthetics.

Introduction: Aesthetics – Objects and Experience.

The Aesthetics of Urban Form.

Mathematics and the Divine Order.



Symbolic Capital.



9. Typologies.

Introduction: Taxonomy, Typology, Morphology, System.

Typologies Derived from Associated Disciplines.

Typologies Derived from Traditional Urban Design Perspectives.

Implications from Spatial Political Economy.

10. Pragmatics.

Introduction: Cultural Capital.

Professional Intervention.

Professions and Knowledge Systems.

Professions and Space.

Urban Design Education Postscript.



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Alexander R. Cuthbert University of New South Wales, Sydney.
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