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Combinatory Urbanism: The Complex Behavior of Collective Form

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Thom Mayne recently sent us his latest book, Combinatory Urbanism: The Complex Behavior of Collective Form.  MIT Professor of Urban Design and Landscape Architecture, Alan Berger, hails this book as “nothing short of a tour de force and should be required reading for landscape urbanists and landscape architects. Students and general audiences of design and planning will find it difficult to go back into their disciplinary silos.” The twelve projects featured in this book “were generated over a ten-year period. They are assembled here for the first time as a single collection of our urban work. Ranging from sixteen acres–the World Trade Center–to fifty-two thousand acres–the New New Orleans Urban Redevelopment–these proposals are situated on different parts of the architecture-to-urban-design-scale continuum. Each project inhabits an ambiguous in-between territory in which physical scale exceeds architecture but the manifestation still requires architectural qualities in order to make sense in its context.”

009 Preface 019 Acknowledgments 027 Combinatory Urbanism: The Complex Behavior of Collective Form / Thom Mayne 053 Thom Mayne’s Information Landscapes / Stan Allen 067 12 Urban Proposals 076 New City Park, 199 112 World Trade Center, 2002 140 NYC2012 Olympic Village, 2004 172 Penang Turf Club, 2004 200 Manzanares River Park Development, 2005 230 New Orleans Jazz Park, 2006 252 College Avenue Master Plan, 2006 282 East Darling Harbour Development, 2006 310 Los Angeles State Historic Park, 2006 336 New New Orleans Urban Redevelopment, 2007 366 Greenwhich South Visioning, 2009 394 A Design Strategy for Overnight Cities: From Zero to City in 14 Years 396 Pudong Cultural Center and Park, 2004 423 Project Credits 431 Bibliography 447 Reproduction Credits


Flexibound: 448 pages Publisher: Stray Dog Cafe; 1ST edition (2011) Language: English ISBN-10: 0983076308 ISBN-13: 978-0983076308

Cite:Christopher Henry. "Combinatory Urbanism: The Complex Behavior of Collective Form" 05 Dec 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>