Urban Grids

Handbook on Regular City Design


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SpecificationsSKU: 90745Binding: Hardbound ISBN: 978-1-940743-95-0 Pages: 680 pp Publication Date: Fall 2018 Size: 8.5″ x 11″ portrait World Rights: Available

Urban Grids: Handbook for Regular City Design is the result of a five-year design research project undertaken by professor Joan Busquets and Dingliang Yang at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. The research that is the foundation for this publication emphasizes the value of open forms for city design, a publication that specifically insists that the grid has the unique capacity to absorb and channel urban transformation flexibly and productively. Urban Grids analyzes cities and urban projects that utilize the grid as the main structural device for allowing rational development, and goes further to propose speculative design projects capable of suggesting new urban paradigms drawn from the grid as a design tool. Consisting of six major parts, it is divided into the following topics:

  • The atlas of grid cities
  • Grid projects through history
  • The 20th-century dilemma
  • The atlas of contemporary grid projects
  • Projective tools for the future
  • Good-grid city as an open form coping with new urban issues

Joan Busquets, 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.

Dingliang Yang is an Instructor in Urban Planning and Design at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He is an architect, urban designer, and the founding partner of VARY Design. His works are interdisciplinary and dedicated to critical research and cross-scale innovative design as responses to different urban issues during cities’ developments and regenerations. His works also have been widely published in media including Archdaily, Dezeen, Archinect, and Architectural Review, as well as exhibited in the Venice Biennale, Beijing International Art Biennale, Beijing Design Week, China International Architectural Decoration and Design Art Fair, Shanghai Urban Space Art Season (SUSAS) and Architecture and Design Museum in Los Angeles.

Michael Keller is a landscape and architectural designer and a recent graduate from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.


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680 pp

Publication date

Fall 2018


8.5" x 11" portrait

World rights