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The Resource Building cities that work, Edmund P. Fowler

Building cities that work, Edmund P. Fowler

Label
Building cities that work
Title
Building cities that work
Statement of responsibility
Edmund P. Fowler
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Building Cities That Work expands the current debate on urban development by integrating important aspects of city life that are often thought of separately. Using Jane Jacobs' critique of postwar city-building as a starting point, Edmund Fowler shows that recent North American urban development has been characterized by development projects on a massive scale, on indiscriminate use of vast areas of land, and an increasingly evident homogeneity. These are characteristics, he argues, of a perverse and unnatural way of building that is wrecking the planet and enfeebling our social and political networks. In monetary terms this kind of development costs us billions of dollars for transportation, utilities, and other municipal services--the ecological costs are incalculable. Land use patterns have not only helped to undermine community cohesiveness, they have also discouraged block-level democracy and the development of a sense of responsibility for one's locality. Children grow up without proper socialization and contribute to a thriving subculture of vandalism and other street crime. In answering the question of why we began developing cities in this way, Fowler used Toronto as a case study, conducting extensive field work in nineteen areas of the city. He shows not only that postwar building was the result of conscious public policy but goes further, arguing that our cities reflect deep-seated insecurities and cultural malaise in surprisingly direct ways. Tower concludes on a positive note, with many examples of how people have rethought their values and, in cooperation with their neighbours, have organized their physical and social environments on a small, ecologically friendly scale
Cataloging source
NLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1942-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Fowler, Edmund P.
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • City planning
  • City planning
  • City planning
Label
Building cities that work, Edmund P. Fowler
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [269]-290) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
25094453
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xv, 315 pages
Isbn
9780773508200
Lccn
cn 91090618
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1465376
Label
Building cities that work, Edmund P. Fowler
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [269]-290) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
25094453
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xv, 315 pages
Isbn
9780773508200
Lccn
cn 91090618
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1465376

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