The Fractured Metropolis: Improving The New City, Restoring The Old City, Reshaping The Region
Targeted at architects, students, urban designers and planners, landscape architects, and city and regional officials, The Fractured Metropolis provides a thorough analysis of not only cities but also the entire metropolitan region, considering how both are intrinsically linked and influence one other.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 6th 1996 by Westview Press
(first published 1995)
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I should preface this with the fact that I am not an architect or urban planner. I read due to interest in suburban sprawl, or specifically, how suburban sprawl came to be. The book does a great job of telling these sorts of stories, of how developers came to build disjointed islands of housing developments only accessible by car. There are plenty of contrary examples and suggestions of building in a less wasteful, more pedestrian friendly, and convenient way. It provides an interesting history...more