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The death and life of great American cities

The death and life of great American cities

Jacobs, Jane, 1916-

In this groundbreaking study, Jacobs offers a real alternative to conventional city planning. Herself a city dweller, she asks what makes cities work. The solutions she proposes represent a break with the accepted norm, and have made this book a classic. In this classic text, Jane Jacobs set out to produce an attack on current city planning and rebuilding and to introduce new principles by which these should be governed. The result is one of the most stimulating books on cities ever written. Throughout the post-war period, planners temperamentally unsympathetic to cities have been let loose on our urban environment. Inspired by the ideals of the Garden City or Le Corbusier's Radiant City, they have dreamt up ambitious projects based on self-contained neighbourhoods, super-blocks, rigid 'scientific' plans and endless acres of grass. Yet they seldom stop to look at what actually works on the ground. The real vitality of cities, argues Jacobs, lies in their diversity, architectural variety, teeming street life and human scale. It is only when we appreciate such fundamental realities that we can hope to create cities that are safe, interesting and economically viable, as well as places that people want to live in.'Perhaps the most influential single work in the history of town planning... Jacobs has a powerful sense of narrative, a lively wit, a talent for surprise and the ability to touch the emotions as well as the mind' New York Times Book Review

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Published London: Pimlico, 2000

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Statement of responsibility: Jane Jacobs
ISBN: 1448180287, 9781448180288
Note: Originally published: New York: Random House, 1961; London: Jonathan Cape, 1962.
Note: Includes index.
Physical Description: 474p. : ill.
Subject: City planning United States.; Urban & municipal planning; 20th century, c 1900 to c 1999; History of the Americas; Social & cultural anthropology; Cities and towns United States.; North America; Sociology & anthropology; City & town planning: architectural aspects; History of architecture; United States of America, USA; Society.; Sociology; Society & culture: general
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Other formats: Also available in printed form ISBN 9780712665834