By Alexander Garvin

ISBN-10: 161091757X

ISBN-13: 9781610917575

ISBN-10: 1610917588

ISBN-13: 9781610917582

What makes a very good urban? now not a very good urban or a sensible urban yet a great city. A urban that folks appreciate, research from, and mirror. urban planner and architect Alexander Garvin got down to solution this query through watching towns, mostly in North the USA and Europe, with specific consciousness to Paris, London, manhattan, and Vienna.

For Garvin, greatness is not only in regards to the most pretty, handy, or well-managed urban; it isn’t even approximately any “city.” it truly is approximately what those that form towns can do to make a urban nice. a superb urban isn't really a fantastic, accomplished artifact. it's a dynamic, regularly altering position that citizens and their leaders can reshape to meet their calls for. whereas this ebook does talk about the background, demographic composition, politics, economic climate, topography, historical past, format, structure, and making plans of serious towns, it's not approximately those features on my own. most significantly, it truly is concerning the interaction among humans and public realm, and the way they've got interacted all through heritage to create nice cities.

To open the ebook, Garvin explains nice public realm draws and keeps the folk who make a urban nice. He describes precisely what the term public realm potential, its most vital features, in addition to offering examples of whilst and the way those features paintings, or don’t. a complete bankruptcy is dedicated to a dialogue of the way specific parts of the general public realm (squares in London, parks in Minneapolis, and streets in Madrid) form people’s day-by-day lives. He concludes with a glance at how twenty-first century projects in Paris, Houston, Atlanta, Brooklyn, and Toronto are making an already superb public realm even better—initiatives that exhibit what different towns can do to improve.

What Makes an excellent City can assist readers remember the fact that any urban might be replaced for the higher and encourage marketers, public officers, and town citizens to do it themselves.

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