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The city in mind : meditations on the urban condition

Author: James Howard Kunstler
Publisher: New York : Free Press, ©2001.
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"In the Geography of Nowhere, James Howard Kunstler declared suburbia "a tragic landscape of cartoon architecture, junked cities, and ravaged countryside" and put himself at the heart of a fierce debate over how we will live in twenty-first century America. Now, Kunstler turns his wickedly mordant and astute eye on urban life both in America and across the world. From classical Rome to the "gigantic hairball" of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Case studies
History
Cas, Études de
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Kunstler, James Howard.
City in mind.
New York : Free Press, c2001
(OCoLC)606655870
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: James Howard Kunstler
ISBN: 0684845911 9780684845913 0743227239 9780743227230
OCLC Number: 47844884
Description: xv, 272 ; 24 cm.
Contents: Paris : the achievements of Napoleon III and Georges Eugène Haussman --
Atlanta : does Edge City have a future? --
Mexico City : the end of the world and other cataclysms --
Berlin : the paradoxes of history --
Las Vegas : utopia of clowns --
Rome : in search of the classical --
Boston : overcoming history and modernism --
London : landscape as the cure for cities.
Responsibility: James Howard Kunstler.
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From the acclaimed author of "Geography of Nowhere" comes a landmark work on urban life in the western world, with fascinating reflection on cities from Atlanta to Berlin to Las Vegas. Illustrations.  Read more...

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