City Life by Witold Rybczynski

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In City Life, Witold Rybczynski looks at what we want from cities, how they have evolved, and what accounts for their unique identities. In this vivid description of everything from the early colonial settlements to the advent of the skyscraper to the changes wrought by the automobile, the telephone, the airplane, and telecommuting, Rybczynski reveals how our urban spaces have been shaped by the landscapes and lifestyles of the New World.
 

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Witold Rybczynski, born in Edinburgh, raised in Canada, and currently living in Philadelphia, is the Meyerson Professor of Urbanism at the University of Pennsylvania. He has written on architecture and urbanism for "The New York Times," "The Atlantic," "The New Yorker" and "Slate," and is the author of the critically acclaimed "Home" and the "A Clearing in the Distance," a biography of frederick Law Olmsted, for which he was awarded the J. Anthony Lukas Prize. He is the recipient of the National Building Museum's 2007 Vincent Scully Prize.
 
Published September 23, 2014 by Scribner. 258 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Arts & Photography, Literature & Fiction, Professional & Technical, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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He wittily examines how our cities have become what they are, likening America's urban centers to ``cheek-by-jowl assortments of different sets for different productionsthe dusty back alleys of High Noon next to the tree-lined small-town streets of It's A Wonderful Life beside the drive-in highwa...

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In this elegant, concise and unfortunately unillustrated historical survey of North American urbanism, architectural historian Rybczynski (The Most Beautiful House in the World) tells more than the familiar story of the life and death of American cities.

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Rybczynski presents a historical survey of the development of American cities.

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City Life's historical narrative is a valuable resource: it provides a quick, fairly detailed account of the environmental, social, economic, and technological factors that have contributed to the development of American towns and cities from colonial times to the present day.

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