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Author Rykwert, Joseph, 1926-

Title The seduction of place : the history and future of the city / Joseph Rykwert ; [with a new afterword]
Edition First Vintage Books edition
Published New York : Vintage Books, 2002


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Description xii, 301 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents Finding Some Place in All the Space -- 1. How We Got There -- 2. First Aid -- 3. House and Home -- 4. Style, Type, and Urban Fabric -- 5. Flight from the City: Lived Space and Virtual Space -- 6. The Suburbs and the New Capitals -- 7. The Heart of the City and the Capital of a Globe -- 8. For the New Millennium?
Summary "No other place on earth is as full both of promise and of dread as the city; it is at once alienating and exciting. These concentrations of people have not, however, come about as the result of vast immutable, impersonal forces, but because of human choices. The worsening or betterment of urban life will also be the result of choices. Our choices." "That cities display and represent the personal desires of their inhabitants is central to Joseph Rykwert's orgument in The Seduction of Place. Insisting that they are the physical constructs of communities, he travels through history to trace their roots in ancient times and outlines current attempts and future possibilities to improve the metropolis. Rykwert includes a broad range of urban landscapes: 18th- and 19th-century Paris and London, the current sprawl of Mexico City and Cairo, planned cities such as Brasilia, and finally, New York, a world capital."
"Always opinionated and often controversial, Rykwert assesses how and why urban projects from the past succeeded or failed and what lessons can be drawn from them for the future. Ultimately, The Seduction of Place is a deeply felt and powerfully reasoned call for a commitment by every citizen to the creation of a more humane place to live."--BOOK JACKET
Notes "With a new afterword"--Cover
Pantheon ed. titled: The seduction of place : the city in the twenty-first century
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [277]-285) and index
Subject Cities and towns.
City planning.
Author Rykwert, Joseph, 1926- Seduction of place : the city in the twenty-first century
LC no. 2002281143
ISBN 0375700447