Remaking the City

By John S. Pipkin

Paperback : 9780873956789, 409 pages, June 1984
Hardcover : 9780873956772, 409 pages, June 1984

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Table of contents

Introductory Remarks on Form, Meaning, and Practice

Part I. Cognitive Significance of Form


1. Knowing about Environmental Knowing: The Current State of Theory and Research on Environmental Cognition
Gary T. Moore

2. Structuralism and The Uses of Cognitive Images in Urban Planning
John S. Pipkin

3. Architects and Their Symbols
Geoffrey Broadbent

4. Urban Semiotics
Mark Gottdiener

Part II. Social Significance of Form


5. Urban Spatial Arrangements as Reflections of Social Reality
Kent P. Schwirian

6. Residential Crowding and Social Behavior
Mark Baldassare

7. Spaced Out: Human Behavior and the Built Environment
William L. Yancey

8. The Social Consequences of Spatial Structure
Mark La Gory

Part III. Urban Form: The Process of Control


9. The Contribution of Urban Economics to City Planning and Spatial Structure
Harry W. Richardson

10. Racial Differences in Housing Consumption and Filtering
Sam Marullo

11. The Local Community as an Ecology of Games
Norton E. Long

12. Land Speculation and Urban Morphology
Charles S. Sargent Jr.

13. The Political Economy of Suburban Growth
John R. Logan and Mark Schneider

14. Politics and Planning: Suburban Case Studies
Mark Gottdiener

15. Class-Monopoly Rent, Finance Capital, and the Urban Revolution
David Harvey

16. Dialectics in Cement: Rational Planning in a Nonrational System
George W. Carey and Martin A. Bierbaum

Notes on Contributors



This book pulls together a variety of perspectives on urban form and urban design. It contains invited contributions by well-known architects, economists, geographers, sociologists, and planners, fostering a much-needed dialogue between practitioners and theorists of urban planning. The contributions provide inclusive reviews of the state-of-the-art in various fields, as well as develop original and sometimes controversial new ideas. As a whole, they cut across some of the key conceptual lines of demarcation in urban research: The distinct concerns of architects, planners, social scientists and practitioners are probed; cognitive and semiotic perspectives on urban form are contrasted; and the merits of individualistic versus structural explanation are discussed.

John S. Pipkin is associate professor of geography at the State University of New York at Albany.