The Well-Tempered City: What Modern Science, Ancient Civilizations, and Human Nature Teach Us about the Future of Urban Life

By Jonathan F P Rose, Jonathan F P Rose, Jonathan F Rose

2017 PROSE Award Winner: Outstanding Scholarly Work by a Trade Publisher

In the vein of Jane Jacobs's The Death and Life of Great American Cities and Edward Glaeser's Triumph of the City, Jonathan F. P. Rose--a visionary in urban development and renewal--champions the role of cities in addressing the environmental, economic, and social challenges of the twenty-first century.

Cities are birthplaces of civilization; centers of culture, trade, and progress; cauldrons of opportunity--and the home of eighty percent of the world's population by 2050. As the 21st century progresses, metropolitan areas will bear the brunt of global megatrends such as climate change, natural resource depletion, population growth, income inequality, mass migrations, education and health disparities, among many others.

In The Well-Tempered City, Jonathan F. P. Rose--the man who "repairs the fabric of cities"--distills a lifetime of interdisciplinary research and firsthand experience into a five-pronged model for how to design and reshape our cities with the goal of equalizing their landscape of opportunity. Drawing from the musical concept of "temperament" as a way to achieve harmony, Rose argues that well-tempered cities can be infused with systems that bend the arc of their development toward equality, resilience, adaptability, well-being, and the ever-unfolding harmony between civilization and nature. These goals may never be fully achieved, but our cities will be richer and happier if we aspire to them, and if we infuse our every plan and constructive step with this intention.

A celebration of the city and an impassioned argument for its role in addressing the important issues in these volatile times, The Well-Tempered City is a reasoned, hopeful blueprint for a thriving metropolis--and the future.

Rose s non-stop tour of the city an in depth account of its history, theory, and practice is exhilarating and complete, wherein compassion, Bach s The Well-Tempered Clavier, and contemporary scientific thinking finally come to rest together. This is a hugely satisfying poem rich in history, thought and deeply felt throughout. --Philip Glass, composer"
The Well Tempered City is a joyous journey spanning urbanism from ancient times to the present day, with wisdom for the future. A true Renaissance thinker, Rose s brilliant interdisciplinary observations are tempered by years of hands on knowledge and lucidly composed into a crescendo of remarkable insights uniting us in common purpose. --Daniel L. Doctoroff, CEO, Sidewalk Labs"
A thought-provoking introduction to the future of cities. --Publishers Weekly"
Rose s book is not just amazing, it is f-cking amazing! The thinking and research are epic in scale. People will be reading this for a long time. --Andrew Zolli, author of Resilience"


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Publisher Not available
Publish date 09/13/2016
Pages 480
ISBN-13 9780062234728
ISBN-10 0062234722
Language English

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