This is the First UK Edition of this important classic study of urban planning. Published in 1962 by Jonathan Cape
In this classic, although still relevant and widely read text, Jane Jacobs set out to produce an attack on current city planning and rebuilding and to introduce new principles by which these should be governed. The result is one of the most stimulating books on cities ever written.
Throughout the post-war period, planners temperamentally unsympathetic to cities have been let loose on our urban environment. Inspired by the ideals of the Garden City or Le Corbusier's Radiant City, they have dreamt up ambitious projects based on self-contained neighbourhoods, super-blocks, rigid 'scientific' plans and endless acres of grass. Yet they seldom stop to look at what actually works on the ground. The real vitality of cities, argues Jacobs, lies in their diversity, architectural variety, teeming street life and human scale. It is only when we appreciate such fundamental realities that we can hope to create cities that are safe, interesting and economically viable, as well as places that people want to live in.
Complete with unclipped dust jacket, although the jacket does have moderate rubbing wear and creasing to its edges. The board cover is bright and clean. The pages are generally fresh and crisp, with a tight binding. Fingermarks to front end paper and one or two marks on the cut edges of pages.