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The well-tempered city : what modern science, ancient civilizations, and human nature teach us about the future of urban life

Author: Jonathan F P Rose
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper Wave, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2016]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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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.
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Rose, Jonathan F.P.
Well-tempered city.
New York, NY : Harper Wave, 2016
(DLC) 2016011244
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathan F P Rose
ISBN: 9780062234728 0062234722
OCLC Number: 943709990
Description: xiii, 463 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contents: Part one: Coherence. The metropolitan tide ; Planning for growth ; Sprawl and its discontents ; The dynamically balancing city --
Part two: Circularity. The metabolism of cities ; Water is a terrible thing to waste --
Part three: Resilience. Natural infrastructure ; Green buildings, green urbanism --
Part four: Community. Creating communities of opportunity ; The cognitive ecology of opportunity ; Prosperity, equality, and happiness --
Part five: Compassion. Entwinement.
Responsibility: Jonathan F.P. Rose.

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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.

In 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.

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