The City After the Automobile: An Architect’s Vision.

First Edition of Moshe Safdie's The city after the automobile: An architect's vision; Inscribed by Him

The City After the Automobile: An Architect’s Vision.

SAFDIE, Moshe with Wendy Kohn.


Item Number: 68024

New York: Basic Books, 1997.

First edition. Octavo, original half cloth. Inscribed by Moshe Safdie on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Bill Douglas.

In an age of virtual offices, urban flight, and planned gated communities, are cities becoming obsolete? In this passionate manifesto, Moshe Safdie argues that as crucibles for creative, social, and political interaction, vital cities are an organic and necessary part of human civilization. If we are to rescue them from dispersal and decay, we must first revise our definition of what constitutes a city.Unlike many who believe that we must choose between cities and suburbs, between mass transit and highways, between monolithic highrises and panoramic vistas, Safdie envisions a way to have it all. Effortless mobility throughout a region of diverse centers, residential communities, and natural open spaces is the key to restoring the rich public life that cities once provided while honoring our profound desire for privacy, flexibility, and freedom.

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