2017 PROSE Award Winner: Outstanding Scholarly Work by a Trade Publisher
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 twenty-first century.
Cities are birthplaces of civilization; centers of culture, trade, and progress; cauldrons of opportunity—and the home of eighty percent of the world’s population by 2050. 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 migrations, education and health disparities, among many others.
In The Well-Tempered City, 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 how to design and reshape our cities with the goal of equalizing their landscape of opportunity. Drawing from the musical concept of “temperament” as a way to achieve harmony, Rose argues that well-tempered cities can be infused with systems that bend the arc of their development toward equality, resilience, adaptability, well-being, and the ever-unfolding harmony between civilization and nature. These goals may never be fully achieved, but our cities will be richer and happier if we aspire to them, and if we infuse our every plan and constructive step with this intention.
A celebration of the city and an impassioned argument for its role in addressing the important issues in these volatile times, The Well-Tempered City is a reasoned, hopeful blueprint for a thriving metropolis—and the future.
Jonathan F. P. Rose works with cities and not-for-profits to plan and build green affordable and mixed-income housing and cultural, health, and educational centers. Rose is one of the nation's leading thinkers on the integration of environmental, social, and economic solutions to the urban issues facing us today.
Barry Abrams has narrated and produced audiobooks for a variety of publishers. Since 2012, he has also hosted and produced ESPN's In the Gate podcast. Based in Danbury, Connecticut, Barry engineers and calls live webcasts of his son's ice hockey games.
Table of Contents
Preface: The Well-Tempered City vii
Introduction: The Answer is Urban 1
Part 1 Coherence
Chapter 1 The Metropolitan Tide 31
Chapter 2 Planning for Growth 67
Chapter 3 Sprawl and Its Discontent 99
Chapter 4 The Dynamically Balancing City 129
Part 2 Circulatity
Chapter 5 The Metabolism of Cities 159
Chapter 6 Water Is a Terrible Thing to Waste 193
Part 3 Resilience
Chapter 7 Natural Infrastructure 223
Chapter 8 Green Buildings, Green Urbanism 251
Part 4 Community
Chapter 9 Creating Communities of Opportunity 279
Chapter 10 The Cognitive Ecology of Opportunity 315
Chapter 11 Prosperity, Equality, and Happiness 339