Big Plans: The Allure and Folly of Urban Design springs from the idea that human aspirations for the city tend to overstate the role of rationality in public life. Inspired by the architectural and urban criticism of such writers as Lewis Mumford, Jane Jacobs, and John Brinckerhoff Jackson, Kolson adopts a user's perspective on issues of urban design, an approach that highlights both the futility of social engineering and the resilience of the human spirit.
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"A work similar in spirit to Lewis Mumford's The City in History and Jane Jacobs' The Death and Life of Great American Cities with a distinctive postmodern tone and perspective. Wonderful, funny, idiosyncratic—Big Plans is an original. Anyone interested in cities will want to read this book. It will be of special interest to professionals and practitioners in planning, architecture, and landscape design, as well as students and scholars in architecture and planning, urban studies, geography, American studies, history and sociology."—Frederick Steiner, professor and director of the School of Planning and Landscape Architecture, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Arizona State UniversityAbout the Author:
Kenneth Kolson is a writer living in Alexandria, Virginia.
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