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

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


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781515918943
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date: 02/28/2017
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 5.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

JONATHAN F. P. ROSE works with cities and not-for-profits to plan and build affordable and mixed-income housing and cultural, health, and educational centers. Recognized for creating communities that literally heal both residents and neighborhoods, Rose is one of the nation’s leading thinkers on the integration of environmental, social, and economic solutions to issues facing cities today.

For his work as founder of the investment, development, and urban planning firm Jonathan Rose Companies, he has received awards from the Urban Land Institute, the American Institute of Architects, the American Planning Association, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, among many others. With Diana Calthorpe Rose, he is cofounder of the Garrison Institute and the creator of its Climate Mind and Behavior program.

Table of Contents

Preface: The Well-Tempered City vii

Introduction: The Answer is Urban 1

Part 1 Coherence

Chapter 1 The Metropolitan Tide 31

Chapter 2 Planning for Growth 67

Chapter 3 Sprawl and Its Discontent 99

Chapter 4 The Dynamically Balancing City 129

Part 2 Circulatity

Chapter 5 The Metabolism of Cities 159

Chapter 6 Water Is a Terrible Thing to Waste 193

Part 3 Resilience

Chapter 7 Natural Infrastructure 223

Chapter 8 Green Buildings, Green Urbanism 251

Part 4 Community

Chapter 9 Creating Communities of Opportunity 279

Chapter 10 The Cognitive Ecology of Opportunity 315

Chapter 11 Prosperity, Equality, and Happiness 339

Part 5 Compassion

Chapter 12 Entwinement 381

Author's Note and Acknowledgments 399

Notes 403

Selected Bibliography 421

Index 443

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