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What Makes a Great City

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9781610917575
Author(s): Alexander Garvin
Format: Hardcover
Year: 2016
Publisher: Island Press
Dimensions: 211 x 23 x 231 (w x l x h)
Pages: 344

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What makes a great city? Not a good city or a functional city but a great city. A city that people admire, learn from, and replicate. City planner and architect Alexander Garvin set out to answer this question by observing cities, largely in North America and Europe, with special attention to Paris, London, New York, and Vienna. For Garvin, greatness is not just about the most beautiful, convenient, or well-managed city; it isn't even about any 'city.' It is about what people who shape cities can do to make a City great. A great city is not an Exquisite, completed artefact. It is a dynamic, constantly changing place that residents and their leaders can reshape, to satisfy their demands. While this book does discuss the history, demographic composition, politics, economy, topography, history playout, architecture, and planning of great cities, it is not about these aspects alone. Most importantly, it is about the interplay between people and public realm and how they have interacted throughout history to create great Cities. To open the book, Garvin explains that a great public realm attracts and retains the people who make a city great.He describes exactly what the term public realm means, its most important characteristics, as well as providing examples of when and how these characteristics work, or don't.
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