Regulating Place: Standards and the Shaping of Urban America by Eran Ben-Joseph, Terry S. Szold

By Eran Ben-Joseph, Terry S. Szold

Tracing how codes arose once they did, and the way they have been tailored over the years, the authors research the expanding impact of regulatory codes over city layout and making plans long ago century.

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Any scholar remotely familiar with such manuals realizes why urban designers confront such difficulties in improving city streets punctuated by service stations. More importantly, university students made aware of such manuals discover one of the guiding forces of urban design. Time-Saver Standards for Landscape Architecture, eds. Charles W. Harris and Nicholas T. Dines (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1988): esp. 210-8—210-15. On the picturesque as Americans understand it in the United States, see John R.

37. 38. 39. 40. and the Government Are Trying to Hide the Cancer Hazard Posed by Electro-Magnetic Fields (Boston: Little-Brown, 1993). : GPO, 1969). “Electromagnetic Pollution and Your Car,” Popular Science 213 (October, 1978): 12. Almost never do urban design students see maps of electric service, and only rarely does visual analysis prompt students to question what appears to be uniform service. Along Massachusetts Avenue at Harvard Square in Cambridge, for example, blocks of buildings are fed alternately by the Massachusetts Avenue and Mount Auburn Street mains (the latter behind the blocks); in a localized electrical failure, power fails in alternate blocks, something students notice and question.

19 Nothing of such research seems to have entered the public imagination, let alone altered urban design, say in regulations governing the siting of 50,000-watt commercial radio stations. But just as early nineteenth-century New York dispatched tanneries and gunpowder makers to the New Jersey meadowlands, then dispatched chemical and oil refineries, so somehow the meadowlands sprouted the first of the countless antennae that defy counting by Amtrak passengers today. ” James S. Russell examines the design and pub- 26 • John R.

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