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The Seduction of Place The History and Future of Cities

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No other place on earth is as full both of promise and of dread as the city; it is at once alienating and exciting These concentrations of people have not however come about as the result of vast immutable impersonal forces but because of human choices The worsening or betterment of urban life will also be the result of choices Our choices That cities display and represent the personal desires of their inh. Its a topic I'm entirely unfamiliar with and under educated architectural history I don't know anything about Rykwert's previous work and can't review this book based on any understanding of the field I picked up the book because I was searching on goodreads and found a review of this book by someone who appeared to have common interestsThat said I found the book very enlightening The first several chapters which were entirely historical were much harder to push through They were very important to Rykwert's work because they laid out a brief history of the development of urban centers and architecture within those cities It wasn't until the final three chapters that I was finally captured Rykwert seemed a bit concerned with the development of the city's appearance architecture than its demographics or zoning I suppose a book like that would be of an interest to me than just architecture He concludes the book with his recommendations for improving the city where some of those topics are briefly touched But that section was pretty short and somewhat broad considering his focus throughout the book was much narrower Aik Thi Sara / ایک تھی سارہ result of vast immutable impersonal forces but because of human choices The worsening or betterment of urban life will also be the 23 Weihnachts-Tiergeschichten result of choices Our choices That cities display and Messy Jessy represent the personal desires of their inh. Its a topic I'm entirely unfamiliar with and under educated architectural history I don't know anything about Rykwert's previous work and can't The International Dictionary of Event Management review this book based on any understanding of the field I picked up the book because I was searching on goodreads and found a Domicile 1 review of this book by someone who appeared to have common interestsThat said I found the book very enlightening The first several chapters which were entirely historical were much harder to push through They were very important to Rykwert's work because they laid out a brief history of the development of urban centers and architecture within those cities It wasn't until the final three chapters that I was finally captured Rykwert seemed a bit concerned with the development of the city's appearance architecture than its demographics or zoning I suppose a book like that would be of an interest to me than just architecture He concludes the book with his Individual Motivation Within Groups recommendations for improving the city where some of those topics are briefly touched But that section was pretty short and somewhat broad considering his focus throughout the book was much narrower

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Abitants is central to Joseph Rykwert’s argument in The Seduction of Place Insisting that they are the physical constructs of communities he travels through history to trace their roots in ancient times and outlines current attempts and future possibilities to improve the metropolis Rykwert includes a broad range of urban landscapes 18th and 19th century Paris and London the current sprawl of Mexico City. I was not happy with this book I read it under the title The Seduction of Place The City in the Twenty First Century and it was mostly from my perspective a collection of historical anecdotes about cities with very little narrative structure I also was unable to detect an argument in this bookRykwert is clearly a brilliant guy but I'm not sure what he was trying to do here The Art of the Hustle roots in ancient times and outlines current attempts and future possibilities to improve the metropolis Rykwert includes a broad Adolfo Kaminsky range of urban landscapes 18th and 19th century Paris and London the current sprawl of Mexico City. I was not happy with this book I Aik Thi Sara / ایک تھی سارہ read it under the title The Seduction of Place The City in the Twenty First Century and it was mostly from my perspective a collection of historical anecdotes about cities with very little narrative structure I also was unable to detect an argument in this bookRykwert is clearly a brilliant guy but I'm not sure what he was trying to do here

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And Cairo planned cities like Brasilia and finally New York the world capitalAlways opinionated and often controversial Rykwert assesses how and why urban projects from the past succeeded or failed and what lessons can be drawn from them for the future Ultimately The Seduction of Place is a deeply felt and powerfully reasoned call for a commitment by every citizen to the creation of a humane place to live. decent book analysis and opinion lacking until last chapter Skin Privilege (Grant County, reasoned call for a commitment by every citizen to the creation of a humane place to live. decent book analysis and opinion lacking until last chapter


8 thoughts on “The Seduction of Place The History and Future of Cities

  1. says:

    Its a topic I'm entirely unfamiliar with and under educated architectural history I don't know anything about Rykwert's previous work and can't review this book based on any understanding of the field I picked up the book because I was searching on goodreads and found a review of this book by someone who appeared to have common interestsThat said I found the book very enlightening The first several chapters which were entirely historical were much harder to push through They were very important to Rykwert's work because they laid out a brief history of the development of urban centers and architecture within those cities It wasn't until the final three chapters that I was finally captured Rykwert seemed a bit concerned with the development of the city's appearance architecture than its demographics or zoning I suppose a book like that would be of an interest to me than just architecture He concludes the book with his recommendations for improving the city where some of those topics are briefly touched But that section was pretty short and somewhat broad considering his focus throughout the book was much narrower


  2. says:

    I mostly enjoyed Rykwerk’s book It seems a bit like Lewis Mumford’s City in History tome in a smaller format In short I feel it might be better titled The Seduction of All the Crap I Know About Not a slam – I can only hope to be able to someday collate whatever it is I should remember about the built world into a single publication but as I selected it as a commuter selection it’s not a very good read at 20 minutes a pop Rykwerk at the subtitle suggests concludes with possible panaceas for the 21st century city’s inevitable urban malaise with fairly basic suggestions similar to what we’ve already read from Jane Jacobs The New Urbanists and even Peter Blake In short he proffers urban and architectural “solutions” that are pretty common sense but indeed oft ignored or only lightly implemented in most capitalist societies Not really a strong conclusion to such a densely filled book but overall a well written history of almost everything about cities


  3. says:

    I was not happy with this book I read it under the title The Seduction of Place The City in the Twenty First Century and it was mostly from my perspective a collection of historical anecdotes about cities with very little narrative structure I also was unable to detect an argument in this bookRykwert is clearly a brilliant guy but I'm not sure what he was trying to do here


  4. says:

    Pretty un noteworthy book It meandered and felt like he wrote 200 pages just to finish up with some facts about New York


  5. says:

    decent book analysis and opinion lacking until last chapter


  6. says:

    hard work but rewarding an excellent history of cities and a post 911 perspective for the future


  7. says:

    At the same time I have been reading Jane Jacobs' seminal book on American urban design The Death and Rebirth of Great American Cities New York The Modern Library 1993 and Joseph Rykwert's architectural history The Seduction of Place The History and Future of the City New York Vintage Books 2002 All of these books have been awakening in me a desire to explore concepts of space and place and possibly one day develop these interests into a course on the history of space and place and bodies in American culture Of the two urban books Rykwert's is the sophisticated Although a history of architecture it is not a catalogue of styles and forms but rather a history of architectural ideas and how they have impacted architects and urban design It is a beautifully although sometimes dense book packed with a wealth of information on design ranging across the planet Rykwert has a masterful understanding of architecture and its relationship to other art forms including fine art and literature Jacobs' book remains one of the cornerstones for understanding American urban history and it is pleasure to finally uncover ideas that I had read in other books voiced by their original author So many of the problems and strengths she outlined about urban design and decay have become incorporated into my own approach to thinking about cities that it is sometimes surprising to read the original diagnosis


  8. says:

    An excellent history that articulates the problems of the modern city in all their bewildering complexity through their evolution Intriguing mentions of the power of metaphor and other ways their inhabitants overwrite such forbidding environments hint at the way out