The Seduction of Place: The City in the Twenty-First Century
To understand why people love or hate their cities & why cities succeed or fail their inhabitants, Joseph Rykwert examines a broad spectrum of urban centers. Among them are Mexico City, the world's largest metropolis, sprawled around its old center; Berlin, newly reunited & furiously rebuilding; New Delhi & Islamabad, new capitals that exist alongside older towns; grandly planned cities like Chandigarh, Canberra, & Brasilia; & more modest new towns like Columbia, Maryland, & Celebration, Florida, built in an attempt to correct the problems endemic to big cities. Rykwert looks at image, style, & ornament; at public space & buildings; at infrastructure & street layout; at the visual qualities of contrast, strife, & energy that contribute to a city's appeal. Discussing both successes & failures, he suggests ways in which we can retain--or return to--the sense of place & individuation that determines the nourishing character & soul of the urban landscape.
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