Community Design and the Culture of Cities: The Crossroad and the Wall. Eduardo E. Lozano. Cambridge University Press.

Community Design and the Culture of Cities: The Crossroad and the Wall Book Cover Community Design and the Culture of Cities: The Crossroad and the Wall
Eduardo E. Lozano
Cambridge University Press
November 30, 1990

Having identified the roots of widespread urban problems and the recurrent shortcomings of most community-scale plans, Eduardo E. Lozano has created a large and humane vision for community design, geared toward urban planners and designers, as well as those concerned with the communities of the future. Lozano strives to unify theory and practice by calling for an awareness of the systemic nature of urban design. He highlights relevant lessons from historical examples in order to rediscover the community design metier forgotten after the Industrial Revolution. The author relies on interdisciplinary studies, drawing from biology, ecology, and political science, as well as from history, for his fascinating study. Throughout the book there’s an emphasis on the interrelationship of design and culture – society, technology, institutions, and values. Attention is also given to the need for an agenda for political and cultural change.

The audience for Community Design and the Culture of Cities goes beyond designers and planners to include urban sociologists, anthropologists, historians, and political scientists.

Edwardo E. Lozano is a practicing urban designer, planner, and architect. Born in Argentina, where he studied architecture, he has a Master of Architecture in urban design and a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from Harvard University. Dr. Lozano was appointed to the faculty of Princeton University, where he organized the Program of Urban Studies and was a member of the Latin American Studies Program. He later served As Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning and of Urban Design at Harvard University.

 In 1974 he founded the firm of Lozano, White, and Baskin, Inc., in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He has designed academic and medical campuses, development and housing complexes, and urban transportation centers. Dr. Lozano has helped plan cities and towns both in the United States and abroad, where his work has included new communities in the Middle East, the reconstruction of Managua, Nicaragua, and academic campuses in Peru. He was advisor to the reconstruction of Leninakan in Armenia, to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, and to the Inter–American Development Bank.