Architecture

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Every generation spawns a handful of academics who become public intellectual rock stars resonating across a broad swath of social concerns far beyond their specific specializations.

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“A corrective look at Leonardo’s first 27 professional years when he was snubbed, struggled, and departed Florence thwarted and penniless.”

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"are buildings extensions of us . . . or are we extensions of them?"

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“They paved paradise and they put up a parking lot.”
—Joni Mitchell, 1970

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“Beyond New York, the High Line has gone viral. From Seoul to Mexico City, cities worldwide have rushed to turn obsolete infrastructure into public space.”

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Gerard Koeppel's City on a Grid: How New York Became New York is a fascinating and curious story that takes us back through time to the early beginnings of the city called Nieuw Amsterdam

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“In sum, Radical Cities offers a rich buffet of inspiring sketches of imaginative approaches to improving quality of life in more livable settlements.

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Sometimes “woulda, coulda, shoulda” reflections of what might have been concern the most trivial of topics, while on other occasions these reflections concern the most momentous, even majestic of d

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“A must read for anyone and interested in places and how they affect all parts of our lives and cultures. The Greatest Grid calls the reader to browse randomly.

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“Whether you experience Tenryu-ji in person or through the pages of the book, you will learn to understand the enduring appeal of Japanese gardens and will take away a lot more than photogr

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“. . . the wise reader will tough it out, because taken as a complete work, the story that these 40 anecdotes tell is captivating.

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What does it take to make a place lively, a code word for appealing, competitive, sustainable? What choices should those who have leadership responsibility for place stewardship make?