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City Building: Nine Planning Principles for the 21st Century By John Lund Kriken

  • Author(s): Szibbo, Nicola
  • et al.

A series of global case studies forms the backbone of this book, largely drawing on author John Kriken’s work as a principal urban designer at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM) LLP. While visually stunning and thought-provoking, the book avoids grappling with the toughest questions confronting today’s cities. The first of three parts introduces the reader to a short history of urban design and planning, situating the author as a newcomer to the field at a time when rational planning had reached its apex. Part II outlines nine principles for 21st century city building. Part III examines future solutions and models for city building.

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