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Faculty Member Eric Firley Produces New Book

February 7th, 2013 — This new book The Urban Masterplanning Handbook (John Wiley & Sons, 2013) is a highly illustrated reference tool, which provides comparative visual analysis of major urban extensions and masterplans around the world. It places an important new emphasis on the processes and structures that influence urban form, highlighting the significant impact that public or private landownership, management and funding might have on shaping a particular project. Each of the book’s 20 subjects is rigorously analyzed through original diagrams, scale drawings and descriptive texts, which are complemented by key statistics and color photography. A wide geographical range of contemporary and historic masterplans are featured, encompassing milestones like Belgravia in London, Avenue de l’Opéra in Paris, Battery Park in New York City, Puerto Madero in Buenos Aires, Hammarby Sjöstad in Stockholm and False Creek North in Vancouver. Written together with the German planner Katharina Grön, the book is part of Wiley’s Urban Handbook Series. The two other published volumes, The Urban Housing Handbook and The Urban Towers Handbook, both initiated and co-authored by Professor Firley, follow the same graphic and comparative rigor of analysis, and with their emphasis on typo-morphological questions approach the complexity of the urban realm from a similar perspective. For more information on the handbooks and Associate Professor Firley, see,

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