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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber (6 Nov 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571206522
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571206520
  • Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 1.2 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 296,789 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard Rogers is the chair of the Urban Task Force. He is the prize-winning architect of the Pompidou Centre, Paris, the Lloyds Building and the Millennium Dome, London. He is a passionate advocate of beautiful cities as economic powerhouses, centres of invention, creativity and social integration.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Jan 2001
Richard Rogers and Anne Power have together written an incisive and colourful book about how we can improve the infrastructure, prosperity and atmosphere of our cities. The book explains the implications of the urban white paper, and uses examples from around the world to demonstrate how British cities can be improved, sometimes very easily. As we expand rapidly, our search for new homes should turn to the inner cities rather than to our countryside. Very readable, and a worthwhile study of where our cities have come from and where they're going.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Howell on 1 Oct 2002
This is indeed a very welcome book. As a kind of companion volume this works better than 'Cities for a small planet', Anne Power's focus on comunnity development adding very much the Rogers vision of sustainable, urban space.
While there are many good books currently in print which look at cities, few are as concise and as readable as this. And yet alongside the text is a wealth of diapgrams, facts, figures and amazing prohotgraphs which will keep every urban 'stato' happy.
This is one book which suceeds in mixing both the exciting potential of urban life in this country, with the very real difficulties faced by those who live there and those who are responsible for planning a better future.
All this, and a trendy cover too. What more coud you want :-)
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An introduction to the problems that beset urban planners. Strong on diagnosis of what's wrong, rather weaker on the possible solutions. Very little discussion of the potential of ICT to improve cities - I suppose most of this was written before Rogers thought much about the internet, let alone Web 2.0.

The section on waste disposal towards the end is really really weak - he seems to think that burning waste to produce energy is somehow different from incineration. Does make me rather worry about whether other parts are as ill-informed. Rather optimistic about what New Labour is going to do for Britain's cities - wonder what he thinks now?
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