Global City Blues / Edition 1

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In Global City Blues, renowned architect Daniel Solomon presents a perceptive overview and insightful assessment of how the power and seductiveness of modernist ideals led us astray. As an alternative, Solomon discusses how architecture and cities can offer a vital counterbalance to the forces of sprawl, urban disintegration, and placelessness that have so transformed the contemporary landscape.
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A founder of the Congress for the New Urbanism, architect Solomon (emeritus, Berkeley; ReBuilding) relates how post- World War II urban planning blighted our cities and turned the countryside into sprawl, then proposes his brand of New Urbanism as the fix. Solomon blames the Modernism of Le Corbusier, Walter Gropius, et al., describing how its misguided principles and practices are now disfiguring cities around the globe. Like other big names in New Urbanism, such as Andres Duany and James Kunstler, Solomon believes in relearning the forgotten lessons of traditional city planning, but he also sympathizes with critics charging that the movement has spawned little more than overpriced subdivisions featuring quaint front porches. Solomon is intent on refashioning the existing "urban fabric." Shunning flashy architectural statements, he explains that "normative" buildings-the mix of ordinary housing, offices, stores, etc.-must be orchestrated to form streetscapes that encourage a vibrant and diverse urban lifestyle. Peter Calthorpe's New Urbanist manual, The Regional City, is more polished and persuasive than this collection of chatty, semi-autobiographical, loosely connected essays. Still, Global City Blues will energize architects, planners, and citizens working to revitalize ailing urban neighborhoods. For academic and large public libraries.-David Solt sz, Cuyahoga Cty. P.L., Parma, OH Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559631846
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel Solomon, FAIA, is director of Solomon E.T.C., a WRT company, and principal of the architecture firm WRT. He is emeritus professor of architecture at the University of California, Berkeley and was named to the Architectural Digest list of 100 foremost architects in 1991 and 1995. He is co-founder of the Congress for New Urbanism and author of the book ReBuilding (Princeton Architectural Press, 1992).

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Table of Contents

PART I. Nearness
Chapter 1. Measure the Night with Bells
Chapter 2. Peaches
Chapter 3. Alice
Chapter 4. The Monster
PART II. Times
Chapter 5. Eichlers
Chapter 6. Three Eras
Chapter 7. The Dawn of Nonhistory
Chapter 8. The Moderns
Chapter 9. Turning Twenty
Chapter 10. Deliverance at the White Table
Chapter 11. Panic
Chapter 12. Erasure
PART IV. Site Versus Zeit
Chapter 13. Colin Rowe
Chapter 14. Black Plans
Chapter 15. Style
Chapter 16. Why the City Is Not a Work of Art
Chapter 17. Another Truth
PART IV. Urbanism
Chapter 18. At Home
Chapter 19. The Twelfth Map
Chapter 20. Surviving Success
Chapter 21. Out of Town
Chapter 22. Gemeindebauen
PART V. In Asia
Chapter 23. Dorothy Lamour on a Flying Pigeon
Chapter 24. The Diagram
Chapter 25. The Prosperity Bomb
Chapter 26. Nearness for the Rich: The Case of Adrian Zecha
PART VI. Cybertime
Chapter 27. Good Technology, Bad Technology
Chapter 28. New Words
Chapter 29. The Interview
PART VII. Signs of Life
Chapter 30. CNU
Chapter 31. HOPE VI
Chapter 32. Monuments
Chapter 33. Plano

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