In Global City Blues, renowned architect Daniel Solomon presents a perceptive overview and insightful assessment of how the power and seductiveness of modernist ideals led us astray. As an alternative, Solomon discusses how architecture and cities can offer a vital counterbalance to the forces of sprawl, urban disintegration, and placelessness that have so transformed theIn Global City Blues, renowned architect Daniel Solomon presents a perceptive overview and insightful assessment of how the power and seductiveness of modernist ideals led us astray. As an alternative, Solomon discusses how architecture and cities can offer a vital counterbalance to the forces of sprawl, urban disintegration, and placelessness that have so transformed the contemporary landscape....
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Global City Blues Reviews
This was my first real introduction into the ideas and accomplishments of new urbanism. The book presents a number of essays which decry our placeless, sprawling, urban landscape and explains the why’s and how’s behind those rarefied communities throughout the US that have transcended this phenomenon. Perhaps the most distressing trend in architecture Solomon touches on deals with China’s resistance to new urbanism which, when coupled with the ferocity with which that country continues to develop, seems destined to produce urban disharmony on a large scale. Global City Blues was also the first time I’d ever heard of “black plan” which constructs aerial maps of cities by depicting buildings as solid black objects which are arranged against a white backdrop. This sort of changes your perspective of exactly how buildings transform and define urban space. It doesn’t really sound as cool as it looks. Basically, this better highlights open space within a city which is something I had given little thought to before being introduced to this concept.The book is kind of heady if you aren’t familiar with architectural theories (which I wasn’t) but is accessible and a pretty quick read. If you’re interested in new urbanism or city planning start with the bible, The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs.
Solomon, a friend of the New Urbanists and professor at Berkeley, unsurprisingly argues against some of the architectural and planning atrocities of the modern city. It was originally assigned to me for class but I ended up reading through the entire book. He writes from a very personal level which is incredibly relatable, often discussing his time growing up in San Francisco or his hatred of the Inland Empire and other nightmares modern society has come to accept. A must-read for architects and planners.
Suburbia sucks, the genius loci is lost, we live too far apart, but there is hope.