The Conscience of the Eye: The Design and Social Life of Cities

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A fascinating study of the search for shelter and the fear of exposure to strangers and new experiences in Western culture and how these two concerns have shaped the physical fabric of the city. Sennett's exploration of the development of urban society and structure jumps back and forth from the ancient world to the present: from the assembly hall of Athens to the Palladium Club; from Augustine's City of God to the Turkish baths of the Lower East Side. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

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From the assembly halls of Athens to the Turkish baths of New York's Lower East Side, from eighteenth-century English gardens to the housing projects of Harlem--a study of the physical fabric of the city as a mirror of Western society and culture.

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Richard Sennett’s books include The Corrosion of Character, Flesh and Stone, and Respect. He was the founding director of the New York Institute for the Humanities and now teaches sociology at New York University and at the London School of Economics.

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