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Urban Design

Urban Design is a selective bibliographic research guide to Internet sites and library resources supporting urban design research at UC Berkeley. Many additional resources and reference assistance are available in the Environmental Design Library, 210 Wurster Hall.

UC Berkeley faculty, registered students, and staff who are off campus may use items marked UCB Only or UC Only by using the Library's off-campus access services.

Compiled by Deborah Sommer. Content reviewed: February 2010

recommended = highly recommended

Getting Started

What is urban design? Is it a profession? a set of practices? the conceptual stuff that binds together architecture, urban planning, and landscape architecture? Consensus apears to be elusive. For a readable overview of the discipline, see Urban Design, by Jonathan Barnett and Gary Hack, Chapter 13 in The Practice of Local Government Planning, 3rd ed., 2000, pp.307-340; EnvDesign HT167 P7 2000 2 copies, 1 on reserve. In addition, a sampling of classic and contemporary readings in urban design is offered in 2 recent compilations of similar title: The Urban design reader, Elizabeth MacDonald and Michael Larice, eds. (EnvDesign NA9040 U68 2007) and Urban design reader, Matthew Carmona and Steve Tiesdell, eds. (EnvDesign NA9040 U683 2007). With only about 20% overlap in selections, both are worth perusing.

Gateway Sites

Organizations

Here is a selection of organizations involved with some aspect of urban design. Many of these sites have full-text reports online, as well as useful related links.

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Finding Books

Here is a selection of subject terms to help locate books, reports, etc., in the library catalogs:

Architecture -- Human factors
Architecture and society
Cities and towns -- Growth
City planning AND Architecture
City planning AND Architectural design
Civic improvement
Community development -- Urban
Ecological landscape design
Gentrification
Land use -- Planning
Land use, Urban
Neighborhood
Neotraditional development
Planned communities
Regional planning
SPRAWL:
Cities and towns -- Growth AND City Planning
Cities and towns -- Growth AND Suburbs
Land use, Urban AND Urban policy
Urban sprawl
Streets -- Design and construction
Suburbs
Sustainable architecture
Urban beautification
Urban ecology
Urban landscape architecture
Urban renewal
Urbanization

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Bibliographies

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Finding Journal Articles

See City Planning Indexes & Abstracts, Architecture Indexes & Abstracts, and Environmental Planning Indexes & Abstracts for additional indexes. For UCB or UC Only titles, go to The Library's home pageFind InformationArticles.

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Journals

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Finding Images & Plans

See also the list Image & Sound Databases.

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Finding Maps & Aerial Photographs

Note that the UCB Earth Sciences & Map Library, 50 McCone Hall, has an outstanding collection of maps, atlases, etc.

AERIAL PHOTOS
ATLASES & ENCYCLOPEDIAS
Consult individual city or regional atlases. Encyclopedias, e.g., Cities of the world (EnvDesign G153.4 C57 v.1-4), often include city plans or maps. See Basic Research Resources for a list of city planning encyclopedias.
GUIDEBOOK MAPS
Guidebooks are excellent sources of street and site maps. Search the library catalogs: [place name] guidebooks. For contemporary guide maps check the Web for online maps, using a gateway site, such as Mapquest to get started. Use the following titles to identify city plans and maps in older guidebooks; consult the library catalogs to locate copies of the guidebooks.
HISTORICAL MAPS

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Best Practices

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Standards

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Case Studies & Projects

Where can you find case studies?

METHODOLOGY
CASE STUDY SOURCES

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