The Well-tempered City

The Well-tempered City

What Modern Science, Ancient Civilizations, and Human Nature Teach Us About the Future of Urban Life

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"A visionary in responsible urban development and renewal presents an interdisciplinary exploration of the development of cities from the beginning of civilization to the present, revealing the conditions that gave rise to the happiest communities, and the qualities that define them,"--NoveList.
ln the vein of Jane Jacobs's The Death and Life of Great American Cities and Edward Glaeser's Triumph of the City, Jonathan F.P. Rose--a visionary in urban development and renewal--champions the role of cities in addressing the environmental, economic, and social challenges of the 21st century. Cities are birthplaces of civilization; centers of culture, trade, and progress; cauldrons of opportunity--and by 2080 will be home to 80% of the world's population. As the 21st century progresses, metropolitan areas will bear the brunt of global megatrends such as climate change, natural resource depletion, population growth, income inequality, mass migration, and education and health disparity, among many others. ln this book, Jonathan F.P. Rose--the man who "repairs the fabric of cities"--distills a lifetime of interdisciplinary research and firsthand experience into a five-pronged model for designing and reshaping cities with the goal of equalizing their landscape of opportunity. Drawing from the musical concept of "temperament," Rose argues that well-tempered cities can be infused with systems that bend the arc of their development toward equality, resilience, adaptability, and well-being, to achieve ever-unfolding harmony between civilization and nature. While these goals may never be fully attained, it we at least aspire to them, and approach every plan and constructive step with this intention, our cities will be richer and happier. A celebration of the city and an impassioned argument for its role in addressing important issues in these volatile times, The Well-Tempered City is a well-reasoned, hopeful blueprint for a thriving metropolis--and the future.--From dust jacket.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper Wave, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
Edition: First Edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780062234728
Branch Call Number: 307.1216 ROSE
Characteristics: xiii, 463 pages : illustrations,maps ; 24 cm


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Sep 18, 2018

The topic is fascinating, important and one which the reader can act upon in their own city government. The writing is awful: flat and wooden, filled with buzzwords (his favorite seems to be complexity; he uses it in some comical ways, as when he writes that up till now we have only made complicated systems, but we will have to make truly complex systems (!)), and poor footnotes (he literally quotes Plato, and when you check the footnote, it turns out to refer to a U.N. report!) and bloated (as in largely phony; about a third of the works there are not mentioned in the footnotes) bibliography. But the bibliography is large, and the index decent. So its rather poorly edited. The introduction and first chapter are the best written and most thoughtful, the matrix of ideas and values are expressed clearly and convincingly. Social democrats in particular will have much to agree with in the book and its intentions.


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