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Urbanism Without Effort (Island Press E-ssentials) by [Wolfe, Charles R.]
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"A plea for a renewed commitment to authentic urbanism and an invitation to learn from history as our cities enter a future of unprecedented change."
- Alex Steffen, author of Carbon Zero: Imagining Cities that Can Save the Planet
"This is a must read for those who want to understand in words and pictures what stands behind great cities. We're proud to see a Seattle native son helping to show the way."
- Mike McGinn, former Mayor of Seattle, founding Executive Director, Seattle Great City

This beautifully illustrated short e-book explores the idea that to create vibrant, sustainable cities, we must first understand what happens naturally when people congregate in cities - innate, unprompted interactions of urban dwellers with each other and their surrounding environment. Good places are rooted in acknowledgement of a city's history and the everyday uses of urban space.
Wolfe argues that city dwellers invariably celebrate environments where and when they can coexist safely, in a mutually supportive way and believes such celebration is most interesting when it occurs spontaneously - seemingly without effort. He contends it is critical to first isolate these spontaneous and latent examples of successful urban land use, before applying any prescriptive government policies or initiatives. Wolfe provides something rare in contemporary urbanist writing - rich illustrations and examples from real life - both historical and current. His writing about the past and the future of urban form offers readers inspiration, historical context, and a better understanding of how a sustainable, inviting urban environment is created.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 19168 KB
  • Print Length: 122 pages
  • Publisher: Island Press (2 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #475,412 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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