Walking Home The Life and Lessons of a City Builder

ISBN-10: 0307358151
ISBN-13: 9780307358158
Edition: 2012
Authors: Ken Greenberg
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List price: $21.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Random House of Canada
Publication date: 8/7/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

One of the world's foremost urban designers shares his passion and methods for rejuvenating neglected cities and argues passionately for the importance and possibilities of their renewal.From a youth spent in the boroughs of New York City and other great cities of the world, to his beginnings as an architect in Toronto, Ken Greenberg has long recognized that cities at their best provide much of what we seek in a place to call home. Community, places of culture and business that we can walk to, mass transit and a wealth of amenities that couldn't be supported without a city's density: the mid-century drive to suburbanization deprived us of these inherent advantages of urban living. The realization of this loss, in tandem with pressing recent concerns about energy scarcity and global warming, has made us see cities with fresh eyes and a growing understanding that they can provide us with an unparalleled measure of sustainability.Ken Greenberg has not only advocated for the renewal of downtown cores, he has for thirty years designed the very means by which that renewal can happen.Walking Homeis both Ken's story and a lesson in turning the world's urban spaces back into places that can give us not only a platform to face the challenges of the future, but also a place we can call, with pride and satisfaction, home.From the Hardcover edition.

KEN GREENBERG is an architect and urban designer, living in Toronto. For over three decades he has played a pivotal role on public and private assignments in urban settings throughout North America and Europe, focusing on the rejuvenation of downtowns, waterfronts, neighbourhoods and university campuses from the scale of the city region to that of the city block. Cities as diverse as Toronto, Hartford, Amsterdam, New York, Boston, Montreacute;al, Washington, DC, Paris, Detroit, Saint Paul and San Juan, Puerto Rico, have benefited from his advocacy and passion for restoring the vitality, relevance and sustainability of the public realm in urban life. A former Director of Urban Design and Architecture for the City of Toronto and Principal of Greenberg Consultants, he is the recipient of the 2010 American Institute of Architects Thomas Jefferson Award for public design excellence.

Introduction
The City on the Ropes
Growing up in Cities and Suburbs
The Pre-War Anticity Polemic
Cheap Energy Fuels Personal Mobility: The Flight to the Suburbs
A Toxic Convergence: Doubts Sown
The City Rebounding
Action-Reaction: The Emperor Has No Clothes
The Streams Merge
Leaving for Amsterdam
Arriving in Toronto: A Second Chance
Jane Jacobs' Ideas Resonate
A Tipping Point
The Elusive Art/Science of City Building
A Unique Ability to Combine Things
We Shape Our Cities and They Shape Us
False Trails and Mirages
A Revival of City Building
New Tools and Teams
Epiphany in Prince Albert
Testing a Method in Toronto
Taking It on the Road to Saint Paul
There Is a Time to Say No
Optimizing the Whole, Not the Parts
New Kinds of Collaboration
A New Tool Kit
Serial Creations
Cities Perpetually Re-Invent Themselves
Shaping Forces in Our Time
Doing More with Less
Getting Out of Our Cars
Retrofitting Infrastructure
Greater Mix and Overlap
Cities in Nature
Universities as City Builders
Back from the Abyss
Suburban Transformations
Reclaiming the Public Realm
Public Space Lost and Found
The Revival of the Commons
Back to the Water's Edge
Urban Trails and Public Access
Managing Change in Democratic Settings
The Wisdom of Crowds
Getting to Scale: Subsidiarity
How the Development Table Is Structured
From NIMBY to YIMBY
Political Space: Mayors and Councillors
Redeeming the Promise of Cities
Turning the Corner
The Case for Empowering Cities
Notes
Acknowledgements
Image Credits
Index

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