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Cities For A Small Planet

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Nothing else damages the earth’s environment more than our cities. As the world’s population has grown, our cities have burgeoned, and their impact on the environment worsened. Meanwhile, from the isolated, gated communities within Houston and Los Angeles, to the millions of residents of Bombay living in squalor, the city has failed to serve its ideal function—as the ...more
Paperback, 196 pages
Published July 24th 1998 by Basic Books (first published 1993)
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Nov 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Some parts less relevant for me, but they are outweighed by the numerous great notions and ideas that are still as relevant today as they were twenty years ago, when this book was first published. #whydidntweusethem
Irene Maccaferri
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Libro attualissimo nonostante abbia già vent'anni, consiglio anche per chi è esterno al mondo dell'architettura.
Eduardo García Ruisoto
Consist on two parts: an analysis of the urban problematics, and a proposal for a model of develepment for cities, also approaches solutions to Londons urbanistic matter.

It is a clear and very accurate analysis of the sustainability problematic for actual cities. Not only points and analyzes the problematics also studies and shows differents aproaches to solutions that are been taken around the world to the same pathologies and how have they succeded or fail.

In the proposal we get a view through
Alex Cunningham
May 25, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who live in places, places who have people living in them
Sir Richard Rogers (the Lloyds of London building, Musee D'Orsee, etc) knows buildings. Damned if he doesn't know people, too. He's not Le Corbusier; Rogers' dreams actually come closer to being realized every time one of his buildings goes up. What he is is underfunded, under-appreciated outside of Europe, and seemingly unable to fix either of these problems with his adroit - not to mention pretty - books. I am so swayed by his arguments that I illogically find the fault in this case to be with ...more
Kendall Frost
This is an amazing book! It is a brief read that simply and succinctly explains the connections between social and environmental sustainability. The language is clear and the examples are some of the best architecture in the world, albeit projects by the author's firm. It offers a positive, holistic view on the future of humanity and civilization.
Jul 06, 2009 added it
Really enjoyed it - short and important ideas as to why urban design is so important
Sam Abrams
Jul 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Loved it - light and quick and so important for understanding people, places and cities
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Sir Richard George Rogers, Baron Rogers of Riverside, FRIBA FCSD is a British architect noted for his modernist and functionalist designs.

Rogers is perhaps best known for his work on the Pompidou Centre in Paris, the Lloyd's building and Millennium Dome both in London, and the European Court of Human Rights building in Strasbourg. He is a winner of the RIBA Gold Medal, the Thomas Jefferson Medal,