Search - List of Books by William H. Whyte

William Hollingsworth "Holly" Whyte (1917 - 12 January 1999) was an American urbanist, organizational analyst, journalist and people-watcher.

Whyte was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania in 1917 and died in New York City in 1999. An early graduate of St. Andrew's School in Middletown, Delaware, he graduated from Princeton University and then served in Marine Corps. In 1946 he joined Fortune magazine.

Whyte wrote a 1956 bestseller titled The Organization Man after Fortune Magazine sponsored him to do extensive interviews on the CEO of corporations such as General Electric and Ford.

While working with the New York City Planning Commission in 1969, Whyte began to use direct observation to describe behavior in urban settings. With research assistants wielding still cameras, movie cameras, and notebooks, Whyte described the substance of urban public life in an objective and measurable way.

These observations developed into the "Street Life Project", an ongoing study of pedestrian behavior and city dynamics, and eventually to Whyte's book called Rediscovering the Center (1988). "City" presents Whyte's conclusions about jaywalking, 'schmoozing patterns,' the actual use of urban plazas, appropriate sidewalk width, and other issues. This work remains valuable because it's based on careful observation, and because it contradicts other conventional wisdom, for instance, the idea that pedestrian traffic and auto traffic should be separated.

Whyte also worked closely with the renovation of Bryant Park in New York City. He was the author of the restoration plan for Bryant Park in 1980, and contributed to the design of the modern Bryant Park.

Whyte served as mentor to many, including the urban-planning writer Jane Jacobs, Paco Underhill, who has applied the same technique to measuring and improving retail environments, Dan Biederman of Bryant Park Corporation, who led the renovation of Bryant Park and the Business Improvement District movement in New York City, and Fred Kent, head of the Project for Public Spaces.

His other books include: Is Anybody Listening? (1952), Securing Open Spaces for Urban America (1959), Cluster Development (1964), The Last Landscape (1968; "about the way metropolitan areas look and the way they might look"), The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces (1980; plus a companion film of the same name in 1988), and Rediscovering the Center (1988).
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Total Books: 10
City Rediscovering the Center
2009 - City Rediscovering the Center (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780812220742
ISBN-10: 0812220749
Genre: Politics & Social Sciences
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The Organization Man
2002 - The Organization Man (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780812218190
ISBN-10: 0812218191
Genres: Business & Money, Nonfiction
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The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces
2001 - The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780970632418
ISBN-10: 097063241X
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The Wpa Guide to New York City  The Federal Writers' Project Guide to 1930s New York
1995 - The Wpa Guide to New York City the Federal Writers' Project Guide to 1930s New York [American Guide] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781565843219
ISBN-10: 1565843215
Genres: History, Travel
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CITY  REDISCOVERING THE CENTER
1990 - City Rediscovering the Center (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780385262095
ISBN-10: 0385262094
Genre: Nonfiction
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City Rediscovering the Center
1989 - City Rediscovering the Center (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780385054584
ISBN-10: 0385054580
Genre: Nonfiction
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The City As Dwelling Walking Sitting Shaping
The City As Dwelling Walking Sitting Shaping (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780317047127
ISBN-10: 0317047124
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The Last Landscape
The Last Landscape (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780385054614
ISBN-10: 0385054610
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Social Life of Small Urban Spaces
Social Life of Small Urban Spaces (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780891640578
ISBN-10: 0891640576
Genres: Nonfiction, Engineering & Transportation
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City As Dwelling Walking  Sitting  Shaping
City As Dwelling Walking Sitting Shaping (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9789999837910
ISBN-10: 9999837913
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