In Global City Blues, renowned architect Daniel Solomon presents a
perceptive overview and insightful assessment of how the power and
seductiveness of modernist ideals led us astray. As an alternative,
Solomon discusses how architecture and cities can offer a vital counterbalance
to the forces of sprawl, urban disintegration, and placelessness
that have so transformed the contemporary landscape.
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Daniel Solomon, FAIA, is director of Solomon E.T.C., a WRT company, and principal of the architecture firm WRT. He is emeritus professor of architecture at the University of California, Berkeley and was named to the Architectural Digest list of 100 foremost architects in 1991 and 1995. He is co-founder of the Congress for New Urbanism and author of the book ReBuilding (Princeton Architectural Press, 1992).From Booklist:
Influential architect Solomon's lucid collection of essays defines "new urbanism" as fresh architectural thinking meant to restore human scale and a sense of meaning to the places we live and "to reconfigure our daily world so that it is more like the places we seek out when we have the chance, and less like the places that we know deep in our genes do not satisfy everything we long for." Solomon makes compelling arguments about technology, environmentalism, and monument-building star architects and laments the rational modernism of Le Corbusier, under whose influence we helplessly commute in traffic and breathe chilled, shopping-mall air. Today we have the similarly arch, make-it-new polemics of Dutch star Rem Koolhaas. Better, Solomon argues, is architecture that tries to "make the most of the world" while constructing lively, human places fit for social interaction, an approach he finds in a quietly inventive British architect named Michael Hopkins and in some surprisingly urbane, mixed-use oases amid the sprawl of Plano, Texas. Steve Paul
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