Building and Dwelling

Ethics for the City by Richard Sennett

  • Published: Sep 03, 2020

A preeminent thinker redefines the meaning of city life and charts a way forward Building and Dwelling is the definitive statement on cities by the renowned public intellectual Richard Sennett. In this sweeping work, he traces the anguished relation between... read more

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Details of Building and Dwelling

Exact title of the book
Building and Dwelling
Book author
Richard Sennett
ISBN
9780374200336
Publisher
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Published
Apr 10, 2018
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
File size (in PDF)
3312 kB

Some brief overview of book

A preeminent thinker redefines the meaning of city life and charts a way forward Building and Dwelling is the definitive statement on cities by the renowned public intellectual Richard Sennett. In this sweeping work, he traces the anguished relation between how cities are built and how people live in them, from ancient Athens to twenty-first-century Shanghai. He shows how Paris, Barcelona, and New York City assumed their modern forms; rethinks the reputations of Jane Jacobs, Lewis Mumford, and others; and takes us on a tour of emblematic contemporary locations, from the backstreets of MedellĂ­n, Colombia, to the Google headquarters in Manhattan.

Through it all, he laments that the "closed city"segregated, regimented, and controlledhas spread from the global North to the exploding urban agglomerations of the global South. As an alternative, he argues for the "open city," where citizens actively hash out their differences and planners experiment with urban forms that make it easier for residents to cope. Rich with arguments that speak directly to our momenta time when more humans live in urban spaces than ever beforeBuilding and Dwelling draws on Sennetts deep learning and intimate engagement with city life to form a bold and original vision for the future of cities.

About author

Sennett is the author of The Craftsman, The Fall of Public Man, and The Corrosion of Character. He teaches urban studies at the London School of Economics and at Harvard University, and is a senior fellow in Columbia Universitys Center for Capitalism and Society. For thirty years, he has directed projects under the auspices of the UN that aim to guide urban development in the twenty-first century.

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