The Urban House

  • Filename: the-urban-house.
  • ISBN: 0847839559
  • Release Date: 2014
  • Number of pages: 298
  • Author: Ron Broadhurst
  • Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications



An authoritative volume on the most innovative new residential design in cities around the globe. This carefully curated book presents twenty-five new and recent spaces for city living in the twenty-first century. Author Ron Broadhurst has selected projects that represent asset of ideas that can be described as belonging particularly to our time and which will shape how we think of living in the city in the future. Where the great experimenters of the last century were stripping away ornamentation and creating free-flowing spaces for the first time, today's innovators are pioneering research for the potential of new materials for both formal invention and environmental sustainability and creating bold and sophisticated essays in the adaptive reuse of spaces originally designed for other purposes. What emerges is a portrait of the most forward sophisticated essays in soaring loft spaces to ingenious new penthouse constructions compete with rooftop lawns--all perfectly suited to twenty-first century lifestyles. Included here is the work of such design luminaries as David Adjaye, Andree Putman, Annabelle Selldorf, UNStudio, and Allied Works Architecture, in locations across the globe, including New York, London, Los Angeles and Barcelona. Together these projects make The Urban House a uniquely coherent and authoritative volume on the best in new residential design.

The Integral Urban House Self Reliant Living in the City

  • Filename: the-integral-urban-house-self-reliant-living-in-the-city.
  • ISBN: 1897408161
  • Release Date: 2008
  • Number of pages: 508
  • Author: Sim Van Der Ryn
  • Publisher:



In this comprehensive guide, a completely sustainable urban lifestyle is achieved by creating a mini-ecosystem where residents grow their own fruits and vegetables, raise chickens, rabbits, and fish, recycle 90 percent of their waste, and use a variety of other alternative technologies--all on a 1/8-acre city lot.

Urban Residence

  • Filename: urban-residence.
  • ISBN: 9780857453723
  • Release Date: 2012-04-30
  • Number of pages: 330
  • Author: Christien Klaufus
  • Publisher: Berghahn Books



Riobamba and Cuenca, two intermediate cities in Ecuador, have become part of global networks through transnational migration, incoming remittances, tourism, and global economic connections. Their landscape is changing in several significant ways, a reflection of the social and urban transformations occurring in contemporary Ecuadorian society. Exploring the discourses and actions of two contrasting population groups, rarely studied in tandem, within these cities-popular-settlement residents and professionals in the planning and construction sector-this study analyzes how each is involved in house designs and neighborhood consolidation. Ideas, ambitions, and power relations come into play at every stage of the production and use of urban space, and as a result individual decisions about both house designs and the urban layout influence the development of the urban fabric. Knowledge about intermediate cities is crucial in order to understand current trends in the predominantly urban societies of Latin America, and this study is an example of needed interdisciplinary scholarship that contributes to the fields of urban studies, urban anthropology, sociology, and architecture.

Urban Bird Ecology and Conservation

  • Filename: urban-bird-ecology-and-conservation.
  • ISBN: 9780520273092
  • Release Date: 2012-10-26
  • Number of pages: 326
  • Author: Christopher A. Lepczyk
  • Publisher: Univ of California Press



"This is the book to have on urban bird ecology. It summarizes the state of the science, highlighting the strength and breadth of the growing body of urban bird research around the world. More importantly, it documents how the field of urban bird ecology is moving beyond the study of pattern to address the ecological and evolutionary processes that impact birds in complex urban mosaics."—Steward T.A. Pickett, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies "Urban ecosystems are under-studied environments offering unique opportunities to study species adaptability, persistence, and assembly. This book presents creative contributions from leading researchers who explore how urbanization affects avian ecology and how birds and people interact."—Steven Beissinger, UC Berkeley

Ritual House

  • Filename: ritual-house.
  • ISBN: 9781597266239
  • Release Date: 2012-09-26
  • Number of pages: 224
  • Author: Ralph Knowles
  • Publisher: Island Press



The houses we dwell in, the cities surrounding our houses, even the clothes we wear—these are all shelters we erect against the elements. They are also the embodiment of intuitive rituals, individual and cultural responses to nature’s rhythms. Life in the 21st century has separated us from those traditions—now, Ritual House reawakens us to our lost natural heritage. Celebrated architect Ralph Knowles, Distinguished Emeritus at USC’s School of Architecture, has carefully crafted a book for architects, designers, planners—anyone who yearns to reconnect to the natural world through the built environment. He shows us how to re-examine a shadow, a wall, a window, a landscape, as they respond to the natural cycles of heat, light, wind, and rain. Analyzing methods of sheltering that range from a Berber tent to a Spanish courtyard to the cityscape of contemporary Los Angeles, Knowles shows us the future: by coining the concept of solar access zoning, he introduces a radical yet increasingly viable solution for tomorrow’s mega-cities. Understanding how the elements affect our lives is more vital than ever. High-energy enclosed building systems have cut us off from nature, but we can re-connect to our landscapes and to humanity through buildings that honor ecological balance, personal choice, and creativity. By engaging nature in our designs, we can create shelters that are unique to their climate, their region, and their relationship to the sun. Ritual House will take its rightful place among those classic works that become touchstones for the culture.

Urban Semiotics the City as a Cultural Historical Phenomen

  • Filename: urban-semiotics-the-city-as-a-cultural-historical-phenomen.
  • ISBN: 9789985588079
  • Release Date: 2015
  • Number of pages: 336
  • Author:
  • Publisher: Tallinn University Press / Tallinna Ülikooli Kirjastus



This collection of essays presents the materials of the Third Annual Juri Lotman Days at Tallinn University in Estonia (3–5 June 2011). The participants discussed the semiotics of urban space from the perspective of the Tartu-Moscow School in comparison with contemporary approaches. This book consists of four sections. The articles in the first section discuss how “urban texts” function in modern and contemporary Baltic cultures. The papers in the second section focus on the semiotics of place in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Russian and Soviet culture from the perspective of linguistic poetics, cultural semiotics, and new materiality. The last two sections are devoted to the visual perceptions of the cityscape and their ideological interpretations as exemplified by Ukrainian, Estonian, Korean, Chinese, and North American illustrations.

The Changing Politics of Gun Control

  • Filename: the-changing-politics-of-gun-control.
  • ISBN: 9780742572928
  • Release Date: 1998-05-14
  • Number of pages: 284
  • Author: Clyde Wilcox
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers



In recent years, political discourse about gun control and the Second Amendment has become increasingly volatile and this collection of original essays by top scholars illuminates the various reasons why. Gun lobbies such as the National Rifle Association are more organized and aggressive and their issue agenda has evolved as new and more powerful weapons and militia appear. On the other side of the debate, the critical wounding of James Brady gave gun control advocates a visible martyr with strong ties to Republican conservatives. In sum, gun control and the right to bear arms have become hotly disputed issues where political alignments are constantly shifting. The contributors chart these changes and explore how Congress, the courts, the President, and individual states are currently addressing the issue of gun control. This book, which includes profiles and examinations of relevant interest groups, the gun control coalition, recent Supreme Court decisions, and public opinion surveys, will be of great interest to classes in political science, American government, law, and sociology.

House and Society in the Ancient Greek World

  • Filename: house-and-society-in-the-ancient-greek-world.
  • ISBN: 0521000254
  • Release Date: 2001-05-10
  • Number of pages: 220
  • Author: Lisa C. Nevett
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press



This book considers traditional assumptions about the nature of social relationships in Greek households during the Classical and Hellenistic periods, which draws on archaeological evidence from individual houses rather than textual sources. The focus of the study is the domestic organization of households, particularly the relationships between men and women within the households, between household members and outsiders, and with the wider social structures of the polis or city state, and how these changed with time.

The Urban Mosaic

  • Filename: the-urban-mosaic.
  • ISBN: 0521099889
  • Release Date: 1975-08-14
  • Number of pages: 286
  • Author: Duncan Timms
  • Publisher: CUP Archive



This detailed study examines the concept of the city as a mosaic of social worlds.

Affordable Housing in the Urban Global South

  • Filename: affordable-housing-in-the-urban-global-south.
  • ISBN: 9781317910169
  • Release Date: 2014-06-05
  • Number of pages: 438
  • Author: Jan Bredenoord
  • Publisher: Routledge



The global increase in the number of slums calls for policies which improve the conditions of the urban poor, sustainably. This volume provides an extensive overview of current housing policies in Asia, Africa and Latin America and presents the facts and trends of recent housing policies. The chapters provide ideas and tools for pro-poor interventions with respect to the provision of land for housing, building materials, labour, participation and finance. The book looks at the role of the various stakeholders involved in such interventions, including national and local governments, private sector organisations, NGOs and Community-based Organisations.

Networks of New York

  • Filename: networks-of-new-york.
  • ISBN: 9781612195438
  • Release Date: 2016-08-30
  • Number of pages: 112
  • Author: Ingrid Burrington
  • Publisher: Melville House



A guided tour of the physical Internet, as seen on, above, and below the city’s streets What does the Internet look like? It’s the single most essentail aspect of modern life, and yet, for many of us, the Internet looks like an open browser, or the black mirrors of our phones and computers. But in Networks of New York, Ingrid Burrington lifts our eyes from our screens to the streets, showing us that the Internet is everywhere around us, all the time—we just have to know where to look. Using New York as her point of reference and more than fifty color illustrations as her map, Burrington takes us on a tour of the urban network: She decodes spray-painted sidewalk markings, reveals the history behind cryptic manhole covers, shuffles us past subway cameras and giant carrier hotels, and peppers our journey with background stories about the NYPD's surveillance apparatus, twentieth-century telecommunication monopolies, high frequency trading on Wall Street, and the downtown building that houses the offices of both Google and the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force. From a rising star in the field of tech jounalism, Networks of New York is a smart, funny, and beautifully designed guide to the endlessly fascinating networks of urban Internet infrastructure. The Internet, Burrington shows us, is hiding in plain sight. From the Hardcover edition.

Houses and Cottages of Britain

  • Filename: houses-and-cottages-of-britain.
  • ISBN: 0575071222
  • Release Date: 2000
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Author: R. W. Brunskill
  • Publisher: Yale University Press



The sequel to Traditional Buildings of Britain traces the origins and development of traditional buildings by going inside the houses and revealing from their plans how they evolved from basic accommodation to homes giving comfort and privacy. The book shows how local traditional materials—earth, timber, stone, brick—were used in the construction of the buildings.

The Urban Farmer

  • Filename: the-urban-farmer.
  • ISBN: 9781771421911
  • Release Date: 2015-12-14
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Author: Curtis Stone
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers



There are twenty million acres of lawns in North America. In their current form, these unproductive expanses of grass represent a significant financial and environmental cost. However, viewed through a different lens, they can also be seen as a tremendous source of opportunity. Access to land is a major barrier for many people who want to enter the agricultural sector, and urban and suburban yards have huge potential for would-be farmers wanting to become part of this growing movement. The Urban Farmer is a comprehensive, hands-on, practical manual to help you learn the techniques and business strategies you need to make a good living growing high-yield, high-value crops right in your own backyard (or someone else's). Major benefits include: Low capital investment and overhead costs Reduced need for expensive infrastructure Easy access to markets Growing food in the city means that fresh crops may travel only a few blocks from field to table, making this innovative approach the next logical step in the local food movement. Based on a scalable, easily reproduced business model, The Urban Farmer is your complete guide to minimizing risk and maximizing profit by using intensive production in small leased or borrowed spaces. Curtis Stone is the owner/operator of Green City Acres, a commercial urban farm growing vegetables for farmers markets, restaurants, and retail outlets. During his slower months, Curtis works as a public speaker, teacher, and consultant, sharing his story to inspire a new generation of farmers.

The Urban Lifeworld

  • Filename: the-urban-lifeworld.
  • ISBN: 9781134567744
  • Release Date: 2005-06-29
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Author: Peter Madsen
  • Publisher: Routledge



Urban conditions are crucial to our experience of modernity, and, as reflected by art, literature and popular culture, have influenced contemporary ideas of what urban life is about. The Urban Lifeworld contributes to our understanding of the cultural role of cities by offering new insight into the analysis of urban experience. Two exceptional cities, New York and Copenhagen, are the focus of this exploration of cultural representations of urban life, which investigates the contrasts between perceptions and formation of the urban lifeworld. Integrating sociological, aesthetic and anthropological approaches to urban questions, this collection of essays presents a new vision of the cityscape which will enrich both academic debate and public life.

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