Big plans : the allure and folly of urban design / Kenneth Kolson.
Author: Kolson, Kenneth L., 1945-
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003.
ISBN: 080187730X (pbk.)
Description: xvii, 236 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm.
Series: Center books on contemporary landscape design
Subject: Cities and towns.
Contents: A funny thing happened on the way to Trajan's forum. -- The "hidden cities" of ancient North America. -- Cleveland as city beautiful. -- Utopian visions on the crabgrass frontier. -- Urban renewal: "The bugs are all out". -- The strange career of advocacy planning. -- Two cheers for sprawl. -- When government dares to dream. -- The British Library: from great planning disaster to almost all right. -- With its "doors set wide to the city". -- SimCity and our town.
Summary: This work springs from the idea that human aspirations for the city tend to overstate the role of rationality in public life. The author explores the part serendipity plays in urban experience.