City Life

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Simon and Schuster, Oct 10, 1996 - Architecture - 256 pages
14 Reviews
In City Life, Witold Rybczynski looks at what we want from cities, how they have evolved, and what accounts for their unique identities. In this vivid description of everything from the early colonial settlements to the advent of the skyscraper to the changes wrought by the automobile, the telephone, the airplane, and telecommuting, Rybczynski reveals how our urban spaces have been shaped by the landscapes and lifestyles of the New World.
  

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Review: City Life: Urban Expectations In A New World

User Review  - Claire - Goodreads

If I were more interested in urban planning, I'd keep this one on my shelf. This book helped me clarify my interests in other world enterprises, such as linguistics: Russian/Chinese, and beauty: oboe ... Read full review

Review: City Life: Urban Expectations In A New World

User Review  - Mary Catelli - Goodreads

Being a look at the history of how American cities came to be built the way they are -- unlike European ones. It touches on everything from the three basic ways of laying out a city -- cosmic, where ... Read full review

Contents

PREFACE
11
The Measure of a Town
35
A New Uncrowded World
51
A Frenchman in New York
84
In the Land of the Dollar
110
Civic Art
131
High Hopes
149
Country Homes for City People 273
173
The New Downtown
197
The Best of Both Worlds
218
notes
237
INDEX
247
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About the author (1996)

Witold Rybczynski, born in Edinburgh, raised in Canada, and currently living in Philadelphia, is the Meyerson Professor of Urbanism at the University of Pennsylvania. He has written on architecture and urbanism for The New York Times, The Atlantic, The New Yorker and Slate, and is the author of the critically acclaimed Home and the A Clearing in the Distance, a biography of frederick Law Olmsted, for which he was awarded the J. Anthony Lukas Prize. He is the recipient of the National Building Museumís 2007 Vincent Scully Prize.