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What Makes a Great City

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Hundreds of photo illustrations, good writing, and nice organization make What Makes a Great City a perfect volume to add to the libraries of city planners, architects, local politicians, and civic leaders. Author Alexander Garvin is a professor of architecture who spent years researching what makes a great city instead of an ordinary city. He traveled extensively to visit many cities of the Western World and North America and selected scores of them to focus on. He includes some historic photos of many cities to compare them then and now, as well as sketch maps for readers’ orientation. His focus within cities is often the gathering places: pedestrian promenades, squares, and parks–essential elements that bring cities into the “great” category. He describes numerous examples with photo illustrations where city planners were successful in their dreams to alter places from drab to glamorous. Garvin lays out several principles that are criteria for a great city. One example is Bilbao, Spain, which had a steadily declining economy until the famous Guggenheim museum was built. Garvin concentrated his study on major cities only. His chapter-by-chapter notes make this an academic volume rather than a book for the average reader.

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Author:
Alexander Garvin
Star Count:
5/5
Format:
Trade
Page Count:
312 pages
Publisher:
Island Press
Publish Date:
2016-09-08
ISBN:
9781610917582
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Issue:
September 2016
Category:
Art, Architecture & Photography
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Publication Date

2016-09-08

Format

Trade

Publisher

Island Press

Issue

September 2016

Page Count

312 pages

ASIN

1610917588

ISBN

9781610917582

Star Count

5

Book Author

Alexander Garvin

“What Makes a Great City”

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