Redesigning Gridded Cities

Manhattan: Rectangular Grid for Ordering an Island

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‘Redesigning Gridded Cities’ focuses with extreme detail on four paradigmatic gridded cities, Manhattan, Chicago, Barcelona, and Hangzhou by analyzing these cities and proposing their own interventions that implicate the grid…

Size: 11 x 11″ Square
Pages: 122pp
Binding: Softbound with flaps
Publication Date: Spring 2017
ISBN: 978-1-939621-51-1
World Rights: Available

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“The geometry of the city blocks are still interesting and thought-provoking.”

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Size

11 x 11" Square

Pages

122pp

Binding

Softbound with flaps

Publication date

Spring 2017

ISBN

978-1-939621-51-1

World rights

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Overview

‘Redesigning Gridded Cities’ focuses with extreme detail on four paradigmatic gridded cities, Manhattan, Chicago, Barcelona, and Hangzhou by analyzing these cities and proposing their own interventions that implicate the grid in productive ways. They emphasize the value of open forms for city design, and specifically insist that the grid has the unique capacity to absorb and channel urban transformation flexibly and productively. In both historical and projective, this series of books explore the potential of the grid as a design tool to produce a multitude of urban processes and forms.

‘Manhattan’ is the first case in the series, before ‘Chicago, Barcelona and Hangzhou’, and was conducted in the 2011-2012 academic year. The hypothesis of seeking to understand the city by examining the criteria of hierarchy and regularity of its urban infrastructures and transformations may help us to a different understanding of the decisions leading to the construction of the present-day city. Manhattan’s development is based on the Commissioners’ Plan of 1811, the second centenary of which was marked by a research project. The precision of layout, the judicious definition of avenues and streets, and the geometry of the city blocks are still interesting and thought-provoking. Many initiatives and projects have taken place on the island, gradually configuring the forma urbis of the central area of New York that can only be understood in terms of the forcefulness of the seminal grid project proposed at that time.

Authors

Joan Busquets, a world-renowned urban planner and architect, is the first Martin Bucksbaum Professor in Practice of Urban Planning and Design at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

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Size: 11 x 11″ Square
Pages: 122pp
Binding: Softbound with flaps
Publication Date: Spring 2017
ISBN: 978-1-939621-51-1
World Rights: Available


Redesigning Gridded Cities

“The geometry of the city blocks are still interesting and thought-provoking.”

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Tel: +1(415) 883-3300
USA - New York
Tel: +1(646) 322-2466
Asia - Singapore & China
Tel: +(65) 9068-1860
Tel: +(86) 755-84556863

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