The Well-tempered City

The Well-tempered City

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

Book - 2016
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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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper Wave, [2016]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780062234728
Characteristics: xiii, 463 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Call Number: 307.1216 ROS


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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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