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Till We Have Built Jerusalem: Architecture, Urbanism, and the Sacred
 
 
Author
Philip Bess.
Publisher ISI Books  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 7.25 x 1 inches
ISBN 9781932236965
Pages/Publication Date 309/2006
Daedalus Item Code 31165
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"The city comes into existence ... for the sake of the good life." So wrote Aristotle some 2400 years ago, articulating an idea that prevailed throughout most of Western culture and the world until the environmental consequences of the Industrial Revolution called into question the goodness of traditional urban life. In this book, architecture professor Philip Bess puts forth fresh arguments for traditional architecture and urbanism, their relationship to human flourishing, and the kind of culture required to create and sustain traditional towns and city neighborhoods. Bess dissects the questionable intellectual assumptions of contemporary architecture and shows how the individualist ethos of modern societies finds physical expression in suburban sprawl, which also makes traditional urbanism difficult to sustain.
 
 
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