Cities, Jacobs contends, ought to be magnificent, beautiful
places to live. They should be places where people can be
fulfilled, where they can be what they can be, where there is
freedom, love, ideas, excitement, quiet and joy. Cities ought to be
the ultimate manifestation of societya (TM)s collective
Allan B. Jacobs is one of the worlda (TM)s best known planners
and urban design practitioners, with a long and distinguished
international career. Drawing on his professional experience of
almost 60 years, Jacobs guides the reader through the lessons hea
(TM)s learnt as a planner and lover of cities.
Starting from a childhood in Cleveland where he learnt to
explore and enjoy the city, Jacobs takes us through the development
of his fascination with the urban environment. Throughout his
career, Jacobs has worked in India, Brazil, Italy, Japan and China
as well as many of the USa (TM)s greatest cities, most notably as
San Francisco's Planning Director in the tumultuous 1960s and
1970s. Essays, fiction and case studies from these locations convey
to the reader a wealth of knowledge which can only be gained
through passionate experience.
Featuring a wonderfully engaging, humorous tone and Jacobsa (TM)
own ink drawings, The Good City transfers lessons on city design,
building and urban change to all those willing to help cities
become the magnificent, beautiful places they should be - and
encourages all inhabitants to learn to appreciate and explore their
Allan B. Jacobs
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