Reviews of The Urban Oasis

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...It is the only lucid and realistic planning book on automated transit issues I have ever seen...

Thomas J. McGean, specialist in innovative transportation systems and Chairman of the Automated Peoplemover Committee of the American Society of Civil Engineers, October 1, 1997.

REVIEW BY ELEVATOR WORLD, December 1997, page 64:

Architect Roxanne Warren contends the pressing needs of our cities and the equally pressing need to conserve the Earth's resources are opposite sides of the same coin, and in her book, The Urban Oasis, Warren proposes a way to respond to these twin needs. In doing so, she makes a compelling case for the benefits of high-density, mixed-use and car-free communities that are both environmentally attractive and easily accessible to and from regional transportation networks.

The author argues that the "dangerous dependence on the automobile" can be eliminated while creating livable communities. Warren proposes a way of consolidating new development and redevelopment, whether in a city or suburban setting, to combine the advantages of both rural and urban living.

Subtitled Guideways and Greenways in the Human Environment, The Urban Oasis is focused on the use of residential and mixed-use development clusters, designed as pedestrian zones with abundant landscaping, which are accessible by automated shuttles and loops to peripheral parking. These clusters may be neighborhoods whether within a city or in transit villages located near major transportation corridors. The purpose is the creation of human- scale communities that feature the convenience and satisfaction of both country and city life by effectively reducing the dependence on cars.

New transportation technologies are discussed in the context of ecological and social priorities, while tracing the development of pedestrian zones in Europe, North America and Asia. Different projects around the world are analyzed in an effort to determine why some pedestrian zones have prospered as others have failed. In the process, Warren illustrates the concepts and approaches used with numerous drawings, site plans and photographs--among them, a full-color insert.


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