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SUMMARY ☆ PLANTHIREINBATH.CO.UK ↠ Witold Rybczynski In this new work prizewinning author professor and Slate architecture critic Witold Rybczynski returns to the territory he knows best writing about the way people live just as he did in the acclaimed bestsellers Home and A Clearing in the Distance In Makeshift Metropolis Rybczynski has drawn upon a lifetime of observing cities to craft a concise and insightful book that is at once an intellectual history and a masterful critiue Makeshift Metropol. I have mixed feelings about this book On the one hand Rybczynski writes a succinct history of the evolution of city planning ideas and he's a clear thinker always who's always full of insights I got this book because I was interested in seeing a good criticism not just of Modernist planning but also the reactions to it from Jane Jacobs and recently the New Urbanists which Rybczynski supplies But the book felt a bit too short a bit too thin So while what he did say was smart he didn't say enough The book serves as something of a primer on here are some schools of planning thought and my impressions of them but nothing that made me really think hard or change my mindI also thought that he was remiss in not getting into the various government programs and regulatory regimes that led to the auto oriented suburbia of the mid 20th century Instead it gets glossed over as a result purely of free market preferences which is an unforced error on his part Wasis suburbia popular Yes But that's not the whole story

SUMMARY Makeshift Metropolis

FREE READ Ú Makeshift Metropolis Ï In this new work prizewinning author professor and Slate architecture critic Witold Rybczynski returns to the territory he knows best writing about the way people live just as he did in the acclaimed bestsellers Home and A Clearing in the Distance In Makeshift Metropolis Rybczynski has drawn upon a lifetime of obs Rogeneity density and liveliness He introduces readers to projects like Brooklyn Bridge Park the Yards in Washington DC and further afield to the new city of Modi’in Israel sites that in this age of resource scarcity economic turmoil and changing human demands challenge our notion of the city Erudite and immensely engaging Makeshift Metropolis is an affirmation of Rybczynski’s role as one of our most original thinkers on the way we live today. Makeshift Metropolis provides a good overview of the ideas that Jane Jacobs critiued in Death and Life from Garden Cities to the City Beautiful to the Radiant City and how those ideas and her own live on in our cities There isn't a great deal of depth or critiue here but it's a solid overview of where our cities are coming from and where we're going I particularly enjoyed the accounts of Battery Park City Reston and other developments that have used a piecemeal fine grain approach to major change As Jacobs and Rybczynski both put it these collections of little plans tend to be far successful than the urban renewal of yesteryear in a time when an affordability crisis demands that our cities build than ever before and history demands that we do it better than last time

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Makeshift MetropolisIs describes how current ideas about urban planning evolved from the movements that defined the twentieth century such as City Beautiful the Garden City and the seminal ideas of Frank Lloyd Wright and Jane Jacobs If the twentieth century was the age of planning we now find ourselves in the age of the market Rybczynski argues where entrepreneurial developers are shaping the twenty first century city with mixed use developments downtown living hete. Witold Rybczynski is always fun to read One of my favorites by him is The Most Beautiful House in the World about architecture at its most intimate designing a structure for yourself Here he backs away two orders of magnitude and discusses how the design of cities has evolved over the centuries and manages to bring the same intimate sensibility to the grand scale