Carroll William Westfall discusses the development of preservation and urbanism, illustrating the problem with labeling a building "of its time."
Drawings by Eric Osth of Urban Design Associates show that great streets can serve as centers of urban life, creating character and regeneration.
Urbanism is what we build to serve our needs and desires in families and neighborhoods and on up in scale to cities, states and nations. It is the grandest, most complicated, complex, and extensive thing we build, but we underestimate its role in our lives, and it is tradition that makes urbanism valuable for us.
Adam sets out to answer this basic question: Why does contemporary world architecture look the way it does?
The book laments the way our city streets have been turned into “traffic sewers,” shoving pedestrians to the sidelines.