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The largest “wandering of the people” in human history is taking place at a moment when mankind has both a more demanding vision of equality and dignity for all and new awareness of the physical limits of the environment. How will the 1.5 billion people pouring into the world’s cities between now and the year 2000 be provided with housing, food, jobs, and essential services? How will the destitute villages be given new purpose, vitality, and expanded livelihood?
With her customary gift for imagery and unifying perception, the author moves deftly through the now familiar and frightening statistics of urban population flows, poverty lines, housing shortages, and resource limitations to offer an urgent but hopeful assessment of the possibilities for human settlement planned and designed for people. The Home of Man is at once philosophical and practical, making suggestions on such essential aspects of human settlements and land-use planning, shelter, transport, sanitation, and health. But above all, The Home of Man provides a means of grasping a subject that "includes everything" and gives coherence to a topic with boundless problems, necessities, and constraints.