Design of Cities

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Design of Cities
Design of Cities (Edmund Bacon book).jpg
Author Edmund Bacon
Subject Urban planning, architecture
Genre Non-fiction
Publisher Thames & Hudson
Publication date
Pages 296 pp.
ISBN ISBN 0-14-004236-9

Design of Cities, first published in 1967, is an illustrated account of the development of urban form, written by Edmund Bacon (1910–2005), who was the Executive Director of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission from 1949 to 1970. The work looks at the many aspects that influence city design, including spatial form, interactions between humans, nature and the built environment, perception of favorable environments, color, and perspective. Bacon also explores the growth of cities from early Greek and Roman times to Philadelphia's design in the 1960s. It is considered a seminal text on urban planning.[1]

The Ed Bacon Foundation was established in 2004 to advance and preserve his vision and legacy as set forth in this book.


  1. ^ Pogrebin, Robin (October 18, 2005). "Edmund Bacon, 95, Urban Planner of Philadelphia, Dies". The New York Times.