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

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Urban Grids: Open Form for 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 currently a teaching fellow and research associate, as well as a Doctor of Design Candidate at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He is the founding principal of VARY Design.

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