The Seduction of Place
The History and Future of Cities
Seduction of Place by Joseph Rykwert
Book DescriptionNo other place on earth is as full both of promise and of dread as the city; it is at once alienating and exciting. These concentrations of people have not, however, come about as the result of vast immutable, impersonal forces, but because of human choices. The worsening or betterment of urban life will also be the result of choices. Our choices. That cities display and represent the "personal" desires of their inhabitants is central to Joseph Rykwert's argument in The Seduction of Place. Insisting that they are the physical constructs of communities, he travels through history to trace their roots in ancient times and outlines current attempts and future possibilities to improve the metropolis. Rykwert includes a broad range of urban landscapes: 18th-and 19th-century Paris and London, the current sprawl of Mexico City and Cairo, planned cities like Brasilia, and, finally, New York, the world capital. Always opinionated and often controversial, Rykwert assesses how and why urban projects from the past succeeded or failed and what lessons can be drawn from them for the future. Ultimately, The Seduction of Place is a deeply felt and powerfully reasoned call for a commitment by every citizen to the creation of a more humane place to live.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780375700446
(203mm x 130mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Random House Inc
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Joseph Rykwert
Idea of a Town, Paperback (December 2010)
Roman towns and their history are generally regarded as being the preserve of the archaeologist or the economic historian. This title touches on such disparate themes as psychology and urban architecture.
Judicious Eye, Hardback (June 2008)
Is architecture art? This title presents the history of the relationships between painting, sculpture and architecture as they have shifted over the years. It locates the first major shift during the Enlightenment, when key philosophers drew implied and explicit distinctions between the visual arts and architecture.
Fragments of Wilderness City, Paperback (October 2007)» View all books by Joseph Rykwert
Presents perspectives from academics and architecture historians, exploring the projects in India and the Middle East; major cultural commissions; and masterplanning work for Oxford Street in London, The Horniman Museum, and the Avenue of the Emirates in Abu Dhabi. This work is aimed at those interested in architectural innovation at every scale.
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Author Biography - Joseph Rykwert
Joseph Rykwert, author of ten previous books, including "The Idea of a Town, " is Cret Professor of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania.
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